Still feeding up to 15 times a day

Emily - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My baby has just turned 1 and stills feeds throughout the day and night I love feeding her and don't want to stop yet but would like to cut down as she is tiring me out and I feel my older daughter is missing out on my attention while I'm feeding. How do I cut down without stopping?

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Amanda - posted on 11/02/2008

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I don't know how you have done that! My daugher is 7 months old and only nurses 6 times a day. I would have been burned out long ago if I was nursing all day long! I am moving now to pumping during the day and only nursing for her first feeding of the day and her last feeding of the day. It is much more convienient esp. having a busy 4 year old as well.

Natasha - posted on 11/02/2008

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I also have 3 children and my youngest is 12 months. Like Carrie, I offer a drink from a sippy cup or a snack as a distractor. I try to only nurse him when he gets up, around lunch and dinner and then again before bed. Someday more (like if he is not feeling well) and some days less. Good luck.

Carrie - posted on 10/31/2008

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You've started to reach the part of bf where you can choose to say no if it's not a good time, or she's already nursed recently and you know she's not hungry. That being said, I'd take it slow cutting down on sessions my little guy wasn't really into solids enough to cut back heavily until about 14-15 months. When we were ready to cut back going outside was a great distractor for us, and offering a drink or a snack instead also helped sometimes. I've slowly worked my way from nursing 10+ times a day to nursing only 2-3 times a day and it is so much more managable and makes me much happier. Good luck with the transition

Rebecca - posted on 10/28/2008

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I am a mommy of 3 and when I wanted to wean my first 2 I would plan something when they would usually feed. For instance if you have an afternoon feeding you want to get rid of I would take a walk or do something to keep their mind off nursing. Eventually, after about a week they would forget about the nursing. Good luck

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