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My 9.5 month old is drinking really slow. He gets to about 75 mls and then wants to get down and play. I have to then pick him up and try to get another 75 mls down.

If I hold him and refuse for him to get down and play the feed can take up to 1.5 hours to get a 200 ml bottle down.

He's sleeping really bad during the day.

How long should it take for a feed? Any answers to a quicker feed?

my sister in law had the same prob. when her son was just a baby he wouldn't drink much.when he was bout ur sons age the clinic lady told her to let him drink as much as he wants to and also feed him food. she also said that if he likes water or juice better then give him some that sometimes aswell or even change formulas. but i think u should feed him more food maybe 4 times a day and keep trying to give him a bottle. what i used to do is put a spoon of suger in my daughters milk and she loved it.
what formula are u using for him?

hope that helps

Salwa, 2 girls, sydney


does your son hold his bottle?

If he does you could prop him up on the floor and let him watch a video while he is drinking, my daughter loves sitting on her little fold out couch with her blanket and teddy drinking her bottle and watching Love to sing with you video or baby einstein, it takes her attention away from getting up and playing.

I personally wouldnt put suger in the bottle as it is bad for their teeth (even if he doesnt have any) and he will expect sweetend drinks all the time, but like I said thats just my opinion.

when Aimee saw the peadrition for reflux he said a feed should take no more then half an hour.

Hope this helps

2 little darlings 29/01/03 + 17/03/05

Thanks girls for your responses. Unfortunately Joshua won't hold his bottle. I wish he would. Life would be much easier.

I suppose I will have to keep persisting and after 40 minutes forget the bottle.

This morning I gave him weetbix at 6.30am when he woke and then at 8.30am his bottle and then bed at 9.00am. He seemed more settled to drink more at 8.30am when he was tired and ready for bed. Maybe this is the answer. I have tried so many different things. Even put bigger holes in the teats to get a faster flow.

I wont go the sugar idea as we come from a background of dentists. He likes sweets too much already.

Any other thoughts I am up for.


My 7 month old daughter has been doing the same thing (very slow drinking) since she was about 4 months old. She has a tendency to stop at 100ml each time. I usually change her nappy then, and try again. If she refuses, I put her down to play and then try again later. Some days it seems like it takes forever to get her to drink enough. We've also tried everything to help her drink faster. Somedays she'll take it from a cup, some days the bottle. I've tried cooling the teats, sometimes this works, sometimes not! It's very much trial and error. She also tends to take more when she's drowsy, so often before a nap or bed, I will "top her up". My concern is that she wasn't getting enough milk. But, babies do have a tendency to know when they've had enough. She's not yet holding her bottle either...

Debbie, QLD, gorgeous daughter

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with this problem. My 8 1/2 month old is doing the same. Most times she will drink 140ml, but its a real effort to get her to drink 200ml. I tried faster teats, but the milk just goes everywhere. Like Debbies said they do seem to know when they have had enough. She is having four bottles and three solid meals, drnking some water and is putting on weight, so I guess I should be happy with that - I still wish she would drink more though smile

Mum to DD 08.08.03 and DS 12.05.05

Hi Phantom. My boy is the same age and I have dropped to 3 bottles a day and he is now drinking all of his milk really well (200ml). This might be your answer.

JZ mum to Bradley 17/08/03 and Heidi 25/02/06

Thanks JZ - I am actually going to start that today. She actually has started drinking more again, but I think she really only needs three bottles now.

Mum to DD 08.08.03 and DS 12.05.05

It's so funny to read all of you so worried about this situation. I have dealt with dilemma since my daughter was 2 months old and i can tell you it hasn't been a great experience. She is almost 1 now and she still does it, it can be so frustrating. She drinks 25mls at a time. And like joshua's mum it can take an hour or 2 to get a measly 100mls down. I have talked to so many so called specialists and no-one really helps me so it has been something that my husband and i have had to come to terms with. We are hoping that the next child is not like this as it has been so challenging. I have been told as she got older that it doesn't matter how much milk is consumed as long as she gets 3 serves of dairy a day so she has yogurt nearly every lunch. This has made it alot easier as i don't stress myself as much.
To me was, and still is a little bit, very hard to watch another child just guzzle a bottle in a matter of minutes as i have nver had that honour.


BRA QLD 6yo & 4 yo girls

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