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10 Sep 2007

Is my toddler drinking too much milk?
I have a baby of 13 months who drinks 3 x 175ml milk (formula) during the day and 2 x 200ml milk and 150ml rooibos tea during the evening/night. I try to substitute with rooibos tea, but when he goes to sleep, he wants his milk. Is it too much and with what can I replace it? He also don't want to drink from a cup with a spout, only the bottle. He falls asleep with the bottle and I'm worried about this. I would appreciate some suggestions.
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Desperate Mom
I do think that your baby is drinking rather a lot of milk at the age of 13 months, but this does depend on the type of formula you are using. Most formula manufacturers have a Help Line that you can contact (check on the tin) and it may be a good idea to check with them how much they recommend your baby of 13 months should have of the specific formula. A method of encouraging babies to give up the bottle is not to replace the teats on the bottles, so that they become 'leaky'. The baby will soon stop wanting to drink out of the leaky bottle and change over to drinking from a cup. The fact that your baby falls asleep with a bottle of milk is not a good idea because this can cause 'baby bottle tooth decay'. First get him off the bottle and drinking from a cup and then give him rooibos tea or plain boiled cooled water to drink at bedtime, so that his baby teeth are not exposed to milk sugars all night. I trust that he is also eating weaning foods? Encourage him to have baby porridges, pureed cooked vegetables, and fruit, finger foods, soft boiled eggs, and pureed meat or fish.
Best regards
DietDoc
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