Nursing an older baby

April - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my almost 9 month old son only nurses 3 times a day (8 am 2pm 8 pm). Is this normal?

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Minnie - posted on 09/16/2009

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Are you home during the day with him?



I'm just guessing here, going out on a limb...are you offering solids in place of nursings? What would he do if you were to not offer solids (which are not necessary



My 11 month old nurses 2-3 times an hour- she gets 95% of her nutrition from me.

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I think it is normal, especially since he is at the age where they start to establish their routines. I remember thinking my children were about to wean because they cut back but that was not the case. He also may not need to eat as often right now and may increase nursing later along with another growth spurt or teething discomfort. Not sure if this helps, but I hope so. Kim:)

Jen - posted on 09/16/2009

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by his choice or yours? just do what's best for you and your baby. My daughter is almost 10 months and I plan on nursing through the winter (hopefully!) for the immunity and just because it's so fun, this is probably my favorite age to nurse! Once they get over the whole "I'm too busy to nurse" stage and THEY start enjoying the nursing too, because it's yummy and relaxing, I don't know, it's so sweet. If you feel like you'd like to nurse more, go for it! Offer before he "asks" for it. If he wants to, great, if not, oh well. And still drink lots of water! I am so bad about that, but for example today I was really good about taking in a lot of fluids, and she seemed satisified at EVERY session, which isn't always the case. good luck!

Teresa - posted on 01/04/2014

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my daughter is almost 9 months old and nurses 3 times during the day (baby led) and is gaining healthy weight and is happy... also limited solids... i wouldn't worry about it. as long as baby isn't loosing weight you should be fine!

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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Every child is different, and some may take more at each feeding than others. My son is 9 1/2 months, and he nurses 4-5 times per day - usually at 6 am, 9 am, 1 pm, 4pm and 7 pm. however sometimes he will skip the 9 am and even 1 pm feed.

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Krystal Gail - posted on 01/03/2014

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I know this conversation was a long time ago but I'm reaching. Do you remember if you had to seek your pediatrician for this matter? My daughter will be 9 months on the 18th and she is EXACTLY the same way. And during her feedings, she only feeds for about 5 minutes and I just don't feel like she's getting enough. BUT that's just me too because she doesn't act as if she is bothered by it WHATSOEVER! I'm just not sure if I should be worried or not. Any advice would help. Thank you!

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It doesn't really sound like enough. Especially considering that he's not eating much solids either.



My girls at 9 months were eating solids 3 times a day and nursing 4-5 times every 24 hours. Of course, that's w/ them waking once or twice a night, so I guess they would've been nursing the same if they had slept through.... My son is a different story entirely since he nurses at least 7-10 times every 24 hours and he's almost 18 months! He's a junkie, for sure. :)

Vanessa - posted on 09/19/2009

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i follow my childs led, he is 9 months old and Breastfeeds atleast once an hour (sometimes more) throughout the day and then a coulpe of times throughout the night. but to be honest, i never time or count my boys breastfeeding, we just go with the flow.
3 breastfeeds per 24 hours for an 8-9 month old is nowhere near enough! all babies should have breastmilk as their main source of nutrition until 12 months of age. plus there are many reason why babies just need time at their mothers breast.

Tiffin - posted on 09/17/2009

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I think it's just fine. As long as he seems like he's content in only eating at those times. All babies are different and my son is a year old and he's been nursing for 4 times a day since about 9 months. I'm just not trying to cut him down to only 2 feedings a day and really pushing the sippy cup. I can't get him to take milk at all. It's hard but I think as long as he is getting his nutrition through some of the solids and nurses he'll be fine. If it's a huge concern talk to his peditrician.

April - posted on 09/17/2009

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also, he won't nurse unless he is about to go to sleep. that's why he nurses at specific times. i give him solids twice a day. he eats about 1/2 a jar in the late morning and finishes the rest of that same jar in the evening. should i not be giving him any solids at all?

Kelly - posted on 09/16/2009

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My 2 year old nurses about that much, what is normal? I assume of course he's also eatting solids? As long as he's growing and "thriving" and all that fun doctor speak, sounds ok...my DS nursed a lot more than that at 9 months, but he was kind of a bf junkie lol...

Bethany - posted on 09/16/2009

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Hmmm... that seems a little low to me, but it probably depends on whether you're giving him solids yet. At 9 months my daughter nursed at 7am, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm. Sometimes a dreamfeed around 10 pm as well if I didn't want to pump. She was exclusively breastfed until 10 1/2 months.

Did he start nursing less when you two started going 12 hours at night? A lot of moms' bodies can't handle 12 hours without some stimulation, so their milk supply will drop once a longer stretch is introduced. Basically, your milk supply goes down and it's harder for the baby to get what he needs from you, so he'll try to get more and more from other sources.

If you've started solids, nurse first and then let him eat. That will keep your milk supply up and your son will get those important nutrients still.

Again, that seems a little low if you're only breastfeeding.

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2009

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that seems completely normal to me - my 15 month old still get breast milk 3-4 times a day (we no longer nurse because he's a biter, but I pump and give him a sippy). At 9 months he was still nursing a lot. Up to a year they still get a lot of their nutrition this way. I would call your local la leche leader - phone consults are free and I have found them to be very helpful!

Kristan - posted on 09/16/2009

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my daughter is 8 months one week. and she nurses more then that. usually about five times in a 24 hr period.

after breakfast (9 am)

after lunch (12 pm)

snack (2pm)

after dinner ( 6pm)

in the middle of the night around (midnight).



her pediatrician says she should be nursing anywhere from 3 to 6 times a day.

she does not drink formula or take a bottle tho.

they say they should have 24 oz. of breastmilk/formula a day.



i'm not sure if you are asking if it is enough or not enough.

it just depends on how much breastmilk she is getting. my daughter doesn't nurse for long... she maybe gets four ounces at each session. but if he is getting more then that you think.. it should be fine.



she also eats solids all day long too.

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