Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lizelle | 2010/03/30


9 month old baby

hi doctor

what else can i give my 9 month old baby to drink except breastmilk. he doesn''t want to drink any formula milk. he is almost one year old and i''m gonna take him off the breast at 1 year. i''m struggling at the moment coz sometimes i''m not near him to breastfeed. i do express milk but sometimes he finished the milk and then my mommy is struggling with him coz i''m not near and the bottles are finished. we do feed him solids also. is there anything else for him to drin.

Expert's Reply



You could try give him rooibos to drink but you must realise that this does not provide adequate nutrition. He needs to be on his breatmilk as well as his usual solids.

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Posted by: Lizelle | 2010/04/01

thank you purple, you''ve helped a lot.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/03/30

If he wants more milk than you are able to leave for him but is refusing to drink formula, don''t worry too much, as he might just prefer to wait for you so that he can also get the comfort.
If he was very thirsty or hungry, he would drink the formula. If you are desperately worried, ask your mom to offer the formula to him in a cup or a spoon.

Once babies start on solids, you should also offer cooled boiled water to drink at meal times and when baby is thirsty.
Once baby reaches a year you can give diluted fruit juice as well (one quarter juice and three quarters water).
Some moms also like to offer black rooibos tea. (well I suppose its red not black :-)

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