As you begin to introduce solids into your little one’s diet (6 months of age) you may start to wonder what other, if any, liquids besides breast milk or formula he/she can have. It is important to remember that your little one will need either breast milk (or formula) until he/she is 12 months old and this should be the main, if not only, form of liquid refreshment.
Mila was exclusively breastfed until she was 14 months old, which is when I started supplementing with Homemade Goat’s Milk Formula (recipe can be found in the book) due to a low milk supply. I started introducing solids very slowly when she was 6 months old and she was completely weaned when she was 16 months old.
I continued to feed Mila the Homemade Goats Milk Formula until she was 18 months old. I believed she still needed a bottle before bed in order for her to sleep through the night. When she started waking up at 3:30 am everyday and having nightmares, I did some research and was very surprised to learn that the milk before bed was actually interfering with her sleep! According to the information I found, the high protein content was too heavy on her digestive system. Instead of resting and repairing, her body was spending the night trying to digest all this milk. Once I replaced the bedtime bottle of milk with Rooibos tea or water, she slept peacefully though the night again.
It was at this time that I stopped all ‘Num Num’ – Mila’s name for milk bottles. At the same time as the night waking restarted, Mila had developed a nappy rash and a snotty nose – two things she had never suffered from before. Removing the goat’s milk from her diet resolved both these issues in couple of days. It was another reminder to listen and watch her body very carefully – it was telling me that the time for milk was over!