Yesterday, my 18 month old son and I went to lunch with two other moms and their 18 month olds.

My son was whining, "Bottle, bottle, bottle," so I ordered some milk and filled his bottle up. The other kids were drinking water from sippy cups.

I should have taken away the bottle a couple of months ago, when my son would take any old sippy cup, or any old bottle, he didn't care either way. It's too late now -- he's attached to the bottle. Not even the sippy cup with the fire engine can captivate him for very long. And not even seeing his two friends with their cups worked.

"I'm trying to cut out milk with meals," my friend said. "She eats yogurt for breakfast, cheese for lunch, I think she gets too much dairy."

"Our pediatrician said they only need 18 to 24 ounces of milk per day," the other mom said.

As I watched my son down an 8 ounce bottle of milk with hardly a breath, I did some mental calculations. A bottle at 5:00 am (I know, bad habit we got into and so hard to break!), 10:00 am, after lunch, after nap, and evening. That's five bottles, times 8 ounces..... yikes. That's about 40 ounces of milk my son's getting.

I winced. My son's always been in the 90th percentile, so maybe he needs more than the average kid. But he's getting double? Am I on the road to being featured on "Honey, we're killing the kids?"

Is 18 months when you start weaning the kid off of the bottle? Off of milk? Moms, what do you say?

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Comment by Mommy B on November 26, 2007 at 11:23pm
Hey there, Liz. I'm just getting back into the swing of things after the long holiday weekend and decided to take a look at the archives of older blog posts that I missed before joining the MomBlogger's Club. (Man there's good stuff in them thar archives!) so forgive me that my reply to your post is almost a month late, but I couldn't resist replying.

I just want to say....don't worry about it. Let that boy enjoy his milk ...and what's more...(I can hear my own mother cringing from 1000 miles away as I type this...) let 'im enjoy his baba! :-) There! I said it, and I'll tell you why.
He's a baby. He's not even two yet. He'll be off the bottle, out of diapers, and cruising off to college before you know it. There's no rush.

Seriously, if he's not sleeping with it, and you're starting to brush his teeth/gums, you should be fine. How do I know?

My son just gave up his bottle on his own about 6 months ago. Know how old he is? FOUR! Believe me, I'm not bragging. At one time that kid was going through a whole gallon of 2 percent milk every 2-3 day by himself! Oh yeah... he was serious about his milk.

But eventually he just started drinking less and eventually just weaned himself off of it all by himself. Now the only time he asks for milk is on his cereal.

Ok. I admit...maybe it wasn't the best way, but it worked for him. Every kid is different. Don't feel guiltly for letting your little guy enjoy his milk a little longer.

Good luck!
Comment by Leticia on November 2, 2007 at 12:42pm
Wow! that's a good question being that I am a new mom. My personal belief is that you should follow your motherly instinct and decide what is in best interest for your child. What I do know is that the sugar in the milk can cause tooth decay. I also heard that bottled fed babies are more prone to getting frequent ear infections. Good luck.

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