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 Formula & Solids questions (advice needed!)

The doctor told me that I should cut DS down to 30oz of formula a day and replace it with food. (He was getting 50oz/day of formula).

But here is my dilemma. DS had 9oz of formula a bedtime and then ate 5oz of food! 9oz of formula is 1/3 of his daily intake!

He is 75th percentile for weight, 86th for height.

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Feed solids first in hopes he wants less formula? Keep giving him all the formula he wants? Give him more solids? ....... is there such too much solids? I don't want to turn him into a little porker because I over fed him!

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 10 Aug 2011 12:59 AM
 22 Oct 2004
 Winnipeg, MB
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DD gets about 30-36oz of formula each day and I give her solids 2-3 times per day (about 1/2 jar per feeding) and the doc said that was just fine. DD is in the 100th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height.

We generally feed DD on demand. Your DS will let you know when he is full as most likely you can't over feed your baby smile

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 10 Aug 2011 1:14 AM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
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Why does he want you to cut back on formula?

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 10 Aug 2011 9:25 AM
 15 Mar 2010
 Mississauga, ON
shaunagirl
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Why did he suggest that?

He's not quite 6 months old right now, and his main form of nutrition SHOULD be milk feeds. In a couple months, that will change and he'll eat more solids and less formula, but it's totally okay to let HIM be the one to choose when to decrease milk feeds.

If it were me, I'd be really uncomfortable with my doctor suggesting to decrease milk feeds. There's no reason for a baby to NEED to eat more solid foods when they are barely 6 months. If he was 10, 11, 12 months, sure that is a reasonable suggestion, but at this point, I don't think it is.

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 10 Aug 2011 10:58 AM
 30 Dec 2009
wildred
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Thanks everyone.

I am assuming they want me to cut back formula so he eats more solids? Who knows really. I haven't cut back formula yet and you all make me feel less crazy about not wanting to cut back smile

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 10 Aug 2011 12:47 PM
 23 Mar 2006
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Yeah, I'd just go with the flow... if he's hungry, he'll eat. Later on, you can switch to feeding solids first and it'll work itself down that way.

I wouldn't worry about it...or purposely cut back either.

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 10 Aug 2011 1:08 PM
 15 Jul 2010
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50 oz is quite a bit for a LO to be taking in at any point in the first year. I think my DS was taking 40 oz at his highest point and he was a big boy. Honestly, I'd probably take the doctors advice but wouldn't do anything drastic right away -- I'd slowly just pick one bottle feeding (probably mid-morning or lunch time) and do a feeding of solids before offering the bottle. Slowly increasing the amount of food and taking the LOs cues about how much milk they'd want afterwards. At 50 oz a day, your DS has a long way to go before you have to worry about him not getting enough nutrients!

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 10 Aug 2011 1:11 PM
 8 Jan 2006
 Ottawa, Ontario
ciaobella
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I don't even count what DS takes in formula. I've always fed on demand and that has worked for us.

They say you can't overfeed a baby so I'd just keep doing what your doing if it works for him. Milk before solids is the "right" thing to do I think (I do the opposite though b\c DS is 9 months and barely agrees to eat solids).

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 10 Aug 2011 1:15 PM
 2 Sep 2005
 Edmonton, Alberta
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I'm really puzzled by your doctor! I would personally never listen to that advice. We are formula feeders over here, and my son takes 5 or 6 six-ounce bottles a day. After he takes a full bottle, I wait 45 minutes and give him some avocado. We just started solids 2 days ago, and it's going well like this.

I've read a mountain of books and information, and it is always suggested that formula or breastmilk be the main source of nutrition until the age of 1 (unless you are given a very compelling reason by your doctor to not follow this). Everything I've read says that a bottle is given first, and then food is given. This is the old 'Food for fun while under the age of 1' rule.

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 10 Aug 2011 1:17 PM
 23 Jul 2009
 Nova Scotia
5_Dimples
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I actually do feed solids first then offer a bottle shortly after. I tried it the other way around and he wouldn't eat solids. Now he's eating solids twice a day and taking in roughly 35 oz of formula (which is on average what he had before solids). So feeding the solids first didn't necessarily decrease his milk intake but you could give it a try and see how it goes?

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 11 Aug 2011 2:46 AM
 29 Jan 2008
 Richmond, BC
stressfreak
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50 oz is a lot.

I don't think that 40-50 oz per day is the average for 6-10 mos. If anything, 40-50 oz per day is in the high end. Mine only takes anywhere from 25-35 oz and is in the 97th% in height & weight. I was also given a guideline for bottle feeders and the range they provided was 28-36 oz per day (given by nurses here).

So yeah, I would follow the doctor's advice like Happiness said.

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 11 Aug 2011 10:45 AM
 15 Mar 2010
 Mississauga, ON
shaunagirl
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For those that recommend decreasing formula feeds, what do you do if the LO is actually hungry and wanting more formula? Between 6-8 months, my DS barely ate any solids and was taking in 42-50 ounces a day. At the 8 month mark, he suddenly started eating a lot of solids and his formula intake decreased to about 32-40oz a day. if I had decreased his formula at 6 months, maybe he would have been so hungry he'd have eaten more solids, but I think it's important to trust your baby's natural instincts. They know what they need.

I would feel really uncomfortable decreasing his milk feeds just because it's not the "average" recommended amount. A baby can't overeat, they don't eat emotionally or out of boredom, so IMO if he's eating more than what is recommended, it's because he needs it.

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 11 Aug 2011 11:23 AM
 30 Dec 2009
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oh dear. I probably shouldn't mention the day he ate 60oz (BM & formula) at 4 months old. wow

Yesterday for solids he ate:
1.5 bananas, 1 jar of corn, 1 jar of prunes, 50 mls of blueberries, 1/4 avocado, 100 mls of nectarine AND 40 oz of formula. I skipped his 2nd last bottle and made his last bottle earlier (painful, but it worked)

Do you think the amount he eats is related to the fact he doesn't nap? I get 30-40 mins in the morning and 10-20 mins in the afternoon. We work for those 40-60 mins/day of napping.

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 11 Aug 2011 11:42 AM
 22 Oct 2004
 Winnipeg, MB
waterlily
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What kind of bottles are you using? I know with the Playtex drop ins there are "two" measurements....

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 11 Aug 2011 11:47 AM
 25 Jul 2005
BouncyBride
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I would not just ignore the doctor's suggestion as mentioned above. He's taking into consideration the whole medical history of your LO and various different factors that affects his health, including genetics. All of these factors are not identical to the LOs of the above posters. One thing I've learned from being a mother is that there are always exceptions to the "rules" on how to raise your child. There is no one size fit all ways to feed your LO. I would not ignore a medical professional (who obviously can be wrong sometimes) who has seen and cared for your child because of the suggestions from those who have never met your child or knows about his health.

If you feel uncomfortable with the doctor's suggestion, for sure bring it up and ask him to clarify or disagree with him and tell him why. Then you will have the complete picture to make an informed decision whether to cut back or not etc. Also, books/research are aimed at the generic population too, not tailored to each child. Just my 2 cents.

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 11 Aug 2011 11:50 AM
 30 Dec 2009
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Waterlily, we use drop-ins, ventaire and glass bottles. What do you mean by two measurements?

Bouncy, I got see the PHN next week for DS 6 month needles so I plan on talking to them about it. (I don't see the pediatrician until November)

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 11 Aug 2011 1:53 PM
 15 Mar 2010
 Mississauga, ON
shaunagirl
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I think we're told to give a bottle THEN solids because you don't want the baby to be TOO hungry to eat solids, but it seems in your case that's not an issue (it wasn't in my case, either).

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 11 Aug 2011 5:35 PM
 22 Oct 2004
 Winnipeg, MB
waterlily
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Aquax: For the drop-ins it depends on which brand of liners you are using when you are measuring your bottles. If you are using the Playtex expandable ones the section you use to measure is the "expandble" side that says "Expandable Drop-ins 10oz), if you are using generic brand liners then you measure using the side that says "Drop-Ins 8oz) **this of course if you are using the Classic style of Playtex bottles. The Premium version of the Playtex bottles "expect" you to use the Playtex brand and do not have the different measurements.

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