When Lochie was 12 months old he was having four 200ml feeds a day (the greedy guts he is!) and I just cut out three so he would only have a bottle before bed. Because he is such a routine kid, he asked for his bottle when he was supposed to have it but I gave him a bit of milk in a cup instead and he was happy with that. When he was 13 months, we were painting our lounge room so one night he couldn't have his bottle in the lounge room like he usually would (due to fumes), so I tried to lay him on a bed in a spare bedroom and he played with his bottle and wouldn't drink it because he wasn't in the lounge room! So he went to bed without it. The next night the same thing happened. The third night I just didn't offer it and when he asked for it I told him he is a big boy now and doesn't need a bottle. He hasn't had one or asked for it since. I think I was pretty lucky it was that easy as getting rid of the bottle can be hard for some parents and children. Therefore, I would suggest you don't give her a bottle because you will have to get rid of it eventually and they recommend it is done between 12-18 months anyway. Try giving her cows milk in a cup instead as this will get her used to drinking it and it is much cheaper than formula!. She may take anything up to 200ml but don't worry if she doesn't have much as you are still breastfeeding and as long as she is getting her dairy through milk, cheese and yoghurt etc. it will be ok. Lochie will only drink around 200ml of milk a day but eats lots of other dairy so I don't worry too much. He has his milk in the afternoon and has water throughout the day. Sorry for the huge essay but I hope I have helped! By the way, I hope gorgeous little Sahra has a great 1st birthday next week.
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