Q&A: I'm worried she's drinking too little milk
My daughter is 7 months old. She eats well, but I’m concerned about the amount of milk she consumes. She drinks about 400ml a day. She also doesn’t sleep very well at night and wakes up to “play” most nights for about 2 hours. I was advised to feed her supper at about 9pm so that she doesn’t wake up so often. But this doesn’t seem to help much. 

Leanne suggests:

A baby of 7 months should drink 2 to 3 bottles of 200ml to 250ml per day. If you’re concerned, check her weight gain to determine whether she is growing and gaining weight appropriately.

Consider incorporating other fluids like diluted rooibos tea and boiled water in much smaller quantities.

Try to keep your daughter’s daily schedule – including bed and nap times – consistent. 9pm is too late to feed her supper. Your baby will benefit from having a daily schedule that includes set times for meals and naps. That doesn’t mean she has to eat lunch at exactly 12.15pm, but it does mean that you should generally try to stick to a predictable schedule.

Offer her small nutritious meals frequently throughout the day, feeding her approximately every 3 hours.

Try small pieces of fresh, stewed or baked fruit (according to her chewing ability); steamed or boiled vegetables; well-cooked, tender meat and chicken; dairy products in the form of cottage cheese, sweetmilk, gouda and yoghurt; and starches like potato, whole grain breads, provitas, pasta and tomato sauce, macaroni cheese and wholewheat pancakes.

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