Posted by: HVN | 2007/03/26


Night feeds

I know I'm going to be accused for causing this problem but I need to find out how to rectify it. My boy is 15 and a half months old, he is a big boy (weight 4.02 at birth) and is about 16 kg now. He is not a big eater but LOVES his milk. Day times are fine he drinks about 600ml during the day, he also drinks a lot of water and some Rooibos tea but and this is where the problem comes in, in the evening he refuses to eat, he will only eat a small (danino size) yoghurt or a bit of mashed food (I tried self feeding he just throws everything on the floor). At bedtime he finishes 300ml milk, round about 2:00 another 300ml and then at 5:00 another 100ml. This past week he has still complained after this and I added two bottles (2x200ml) of Rooibos tea. I know he is not supposed to have that much milk but he refuses to drink water at night and the just keeps on crying. What do I do, apart from worrying about his teeth and him getting fat(ter), I also feel that he is maybe not getting all the nutrients that he should. He is teething at the moment and I understand that it can also cause them to drink more but he usually drinks 2-3 times per night. How can I wean him from night feeds???

Expert's Reply



He is drinking and demanding milk at night because he is not getting enough solids during the day and especially in the evenings. He is certainly a huge child and his weight is well above the top normal level for his age. It would be best for your child to be seen by a paediatrician just to make sure that all is OK with him. It is important to make sure that he does not have any evidence of having diabetes among other possible conditions.

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