Originally Posted by emilys_mom1
How can I get her to eat more? She loves her bottle and still drinks whole milk. I tried taking the bottle away and she lost weight.
What do you do to encourage them to eat?
to bottle-wean her, even if it means that she eats less in the short term. Forget about all of the ideas posted above unless and until she is drinking all milk from a cup (or from breast of course, but I am assuming from your post that she has been weaned from the breast).
Babies of 12 months should be getting no more than 16 ounces a day
of cow's milk or other dairy equivalent (e.g. three small containers of yogurt is equal to 16 oz of milk for this purpose). You need to count all dairy products that the baby is consuming in making this evaluation (milk, cheese, cottage cheese...) and not just cow's milk (please note that I am not counting breastmilk in this).
Too much dairy can lead to anemia because of insufficient variety in the diet and consequent lack of iron. Keep in mind that a child between one and three years of age needs much more iron than a baby - about 7 mg
per day - and therefore more variety in food than a baby gets.
Most American doctors recommend that bottle weaning begin at 12 months in order to prevent over-consumption of milk. This is easily done for all bottles during the day (including breakfast - just give yogurt instead). The one before bed is the hardest but also the least important to wean a toddler off of.
The bottle is not a natural way of consuming milk. The volume and speed at which a toddler consumes milk through a bottle are much much more important than from the breast or from a cup and result in toddlers consuming way more than they should
, making them too full to consume other foods. This might not be a big deal while a baby is still a "baby" but when she becomes a real toddler, it can be nutritionally disastrous.
Here is a link to the most recent study on the link between prolonged bottle feeding and anemia