How often do older babies nurse?

Tiera - posted on 10/10/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I nursed my first baby for about a year. With my second baby I plan to let her self wean. She is almost 14 months old. How often do most 14 month olds nurse? How much milk should she be taking in during a 24 hour period? I just want to make sure she's getting enough.

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Merry - posted on 06/17/2010




my 14 month old son nurses between 7-10 times a day. seriously he nurses about 2 of those during the night and he is eating a select amount of table foods throughout the day. He is 27lbs 32inches and developmentally ahead with about 30 words and forming 2 word sentenses and he has been walking for 5 months now. he doesnt drink cows milk but has some water off and on. so theres a big realm of normalcy in this age. really anything goes! If she is happy healthy and growing she can nurse as much as she wants!! Happy nursing!

Crystal - posted on 01/22/2010




My 14 month old babies usually nursed about 4-5 times a day, and about once at night.

Nicole - posted on 01/20/2010




the wet diaper rule still applies- if they are having plenty of wets each day you are doing fine. nursing on demand is the easiest way to make sure they get enough. My 15 month old nurses a ton still. I am not going to give cow milk until she self weans so mama milk is 90% of her liquid intake.

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2010




When my son was 14 months he was still nursing fairly frequently too. Sometimes I felt like I was nursing a newborn again! I still allowed him to demand nurse, and his diet wasn't always great (same days he ate someday he didn't) so I felt like I was filling some nutritional holes. I was also at work full time as a nurse, so when i worked I was gone for 14 hours at a time, so I felt like on the days I was home he was making up for the days when I was gone.
Congrats on nursing so long! Keep up the good work!

Katherine - posted on 10/26/2009




My son is 14 months, and he still nurses a ton. He's not terribly in to solid foods, or even water at this point. I'm guessing he nurses between every 2-3 hours during the day (some times more), and every 3-4 hours at night. I've never limited his time at the breast, and I stay home with him, so I suspect that's one reason he nurses more than other kids his age.

If she seems satisfied, and is growing and meeting her milestones, she's probably getting enough.

Marcy - posted on 10/12/2009




Teira I have a 3 year old who still nurses a few times per day (mainly when he wakes up and then when he is ready for bed). When he was about 1 1/2 he was nursing 3 times per day for about 5-10 minutes each time. I guess I never really considered his milk consumption from me as part of his daily diet after he turned 1. When he started drinking cows milk I started looking at nursing as a comfort time vs. food time. Congrats on nursing so long...way to go :)

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