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I'm a new mother, so I'm just curious...

My 4 month old currently eats 4-5 ounces of formula every 3-4 hours. I'm about to start him on solid foods next week and I was wondering, once he gets to the stage where he's eating cereal, fruits & veggies, etc. three times a day, how many bottles will he also be eating throughout the day? Does he still require bottles at that point?

asked 11 Dec '09, 22:51

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Babies vary greatly with consumption so its not a simple answer. From my experience, what I suggest is to keep offering them the same amount they are used to drinking and let them wean themselves down to a level thats comfortable for them.

The other thing to consider is that solids can often be deceptive - they can wear more than actually makes it into their tummies. They can also refuse a lot of different foods so each day will be different. You will have a lot of waste at first but it's a process. They may only decrease the liquids by 2-4 oz at first so don't expect anything drastic. You may also end up ith a champion eater who might surprise you - each child is so different. Our dieticians just advised us not to worry too much about the actual ounces but to rather concentrate on offering them as much as they will take on any given day, whether it be liquids or liquids and solids.

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answered 12 Dec '09, 01:38

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My doctor said it would go down and little, and when our daughter switched over she drank about 75% or so of what she used it. I guess that makes sense because she was eating jars of mush.

Of course it picked up pretty quick as her appetite grew. I think the most important thing is to have it when he asks for it.

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answered 11 Dec '09, 23:39

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Our daughter drank exactly the same amount when we added solid food in the beginning. Although by then she was up to 4X 6-8 oz bottles (7 am, 10 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm) The public health nurses all stressed that formula/breastmilk was still the most important part of her diet and the solid food was just a supplement until about 7-8 months. We were told to offer formula/breastmilk first then "top up" with solid food, which is not exactly what I ended up doing I just started adding meals at meal times, starting with dinner.

Our daughter didn't start dropping bottles until she was about 8-9 months.

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answered 13 Dec '09, 13:46

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Our pediatrician advised us that introducing solids during the early stages is just all about dabbling and getting baby used to the concept of eating and working on their technique. Milk should still be their primary source of nutrition until 7-8 months.

We were also advised to give solids an hour after a milk feed, gradually building up to 3 times a day before you start weaning off milk. So if you're milk feeding your baby every 3 hours and feeding them solids in between, that's a lot of time feeding in the day!

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