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Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 12 Feb 2012, 15:55
by smoggii
Welly is 13 mths now, we have been BLW purists all though I suspect there has been the odd bit of spoon feeding at nursery or when my parents look after her.

She eats anything, will eat eith her hands or pre loaded spoon/fork, occasionally she will load her own spoon but really doesn't eat very much and is still on as many bottles as when we started weaning (5-6 - 6 ozs) she did start to drop one but soon picked it up again.

We have always allowed her to have exactly what she wants be it bottle or food but I am started to get concerned.

We always eat together, she has a good range of foods. She has a sippy cup with water in available at all times so i don't think it's a thirst thing.

She is a 97th centile baby who walks so is very active. She has always been formula fed and we tried to switch to cows milk but she just cried until we went back to formula. I think this is because she likes milk at room temperature and not from the fridge.

It is not causing us a problem (aside from the dissapproving looks of other mums whose same age babies don't have bottles in the day time) but I just worry that she's never going to eat properly and that we have made a monumental mistake BLWeaning.

Help/reassure please

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 12 Feb 2012, 22:01
by Where'stheMistletoe
smoggii wrote:It is not causing us a problem
- this would be the main thing for me - it's not causing you and Welly a problem so it's not a problem :)

Do babies not have milk during the day if they're on bottles? Breastfed babies seem to snack on milk during the day so is it not the same thing? I would just ignore the disapproving looks.

It sounds like you're letting Welly lead the way which is what it's all about so sounds like you're doing a great job.

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 12 Feb 2012, 22:14
by smoggii
Thank you.

I know queries like this pop up all the time I just really need reassurance. The temptation to try and force her to eat more is so high but i've always wanted her to lead us.

I guess I just worry maybe i'm not giving her what she needs.

She does sometimes ask for the things she wants (that she knows the words for) She's 13 months so this really is just 'biscuit' which means pretty much anything i give her not at the table so rice cakes/ goodies/biscotti basically not proper nutritional stuff just snacky things, 'Bopple' - Apple, Nana - Banana or Jeeeeeez - Cheese, but this is rare, i think she gets so caught up with playing and learning she doesn't want to bother with food then suddenly realises she's hungry and only a bottle will do.

I do regularly ask her if she wants a snack or a drink but she will say no if she's busy or push it away.

My husband keeps telling me it will come with increased understanding and he's probably right (shhh don't tell him i said that).

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 12 Feb 2012, 22:18
by babydsmummy
I have been wondering about this too, although not worried about it now but wondering what I will do in a few months time. D showed very clearly that he no longer wanted his daytime bottles, the morning one went at 7 months and the afternoon one at around 9 months. But he loved food and became very quickly very good at eating. I stopped offering early morning then bedtime bottles when he turned one and he wasn't in the least bit bothered. He drank some cows milk from a cup, but not loads. The only way I could convince him to do that was by having some in my glass which he of course wanted to try! However, it was always formula in a bottle and cows milk in a cup - then he knew where he stood!

J is a different matter and currently really needs his milk for the calories, and I find myslef wondering how in the future we will drop bottles! I think in your case I would be tempted to try it and see - if you don't give one of the bottle and are out and about busy and give a snack instead, she might be perfectly happy and surprise you. As she is on the 97h centile, at least you know it won't matter too much if her growth slows a little as a result. However, if she made a lot of fuss, I don't think I would push it. I certanly won't be while J is so tiny!

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 13 Feb 2012, 06:56
by Svea
Wrt cold fridge milk, if you have a microwave then pop a cold milk into there for 15 seconds. My kids have not liked fridge milk until over 2 so until then they had 'ding' milk and called it that too.

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 13 Feb 2012, 07:26
by Heidi
Sorry have nothing to add on the bottle question, but WRT snacks during the day - we had some success with leaving a plate of snacks for the little ones to help themselves to while they were playing... Might be worth a try if yo can face the mess?!

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 13 Feb 2012, 08:33
by thebean
Heidi wrote:Sorry have nothing to add on the bottle question, but WRT snacks during the day - we had some success with leaving a plate of snacks for the little ones to help themselves to while they were playing... Might be worth a try if yo can face the mess?!


We did this to when Harry was about 13 months and within a week he had stopped asking for a breastfeed during the day. There is no way he would stop playing to eat he is still not very keen on i!

Re: Still not dropping any bottles. What should we do?

PostPosted: 13 Feb 2012, 12:32
by smoggii
I love that idea about snack plate, we really don't care about mess, the day is for living, I can clean when she's in bed!

I will have to keep an eye on the dog though :-)