does anyone know how many breast feeds for 1 yr old

Ella - posted on 08/15/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I get told to lead by the baby and my baby doesnt demand any of her breast feeds I just give them to her, so some friends say just swap it for cows milk which Im not going t do just yet I only give her milk about once a day. I breast feed about 3x a day, more or less? I can't go by the baby when she doesnt demand feed but Im told she needs 2 cups of milk at this age. She has milk at daycare at least twice a day and has milk with cereal so she might even be geting enough without the breast feeding....but only at daycare once every other week

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Tara - posted on 08/15/2011

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At that age 3 x a day on the breast is enough as long as she is eating a well balanced diet. She still needs the fat in your milk for brain development. Cows milk is okay after a year but I would stick to breast when you are with her, or breast milk in a sippy cup if you prefer. But if you're okay with it, and she still takes it when offered I wouldn't worry at all.
I nursed all my kids until about 2.5 years, by then it was only once a day, but at a year we still nursed about 3-5 times in a 24 hour period. But naturally that became less and less and eventually they stopped asking, I stopped offering and everyone was happy.
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Ella - posted on 08/15/2011

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she definately drinks enough water and I make sure she has lots of yogurt and cheese for dairy as well I only want her to breast feed as much as is required so sounds fine :) I feed her at about 8.30am 3-4pm and 7.30pm I used to try after lunch but she was full so Ive realised 4 was too much. Sounds like this is good what she's having combined with the other dairy thanks

Merry - posted on 08/15/2011

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Lol I think the least erics ever nursed is 5 times in a day.....and that's extremely rare.

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I believe (though I could very well be wrong) that w/ 4 breastfeeds/day they don't need any other milk source.

My girls were nursing 4-5 times every 24 hours at a year and were fully weaned at 15 months. My son was nursing every 1-4 hours throughout the day and night til he was almost a year and a half... and 1-7 times/day when he weaned at 3.25. ;)

Every kid and their needs are different, so go w/ whatever works best for both of you. :)

Bonnie - posted on 08/15/2011

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I would just say it varies and do as many or as little as you feel comfortable with.

Merry - posted on 08/15/2011

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When my son was 1 he nursed about 8 times a day.
Now he's almost 2.5 and it's about 6 times a day.

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My 20 month old nurses about 3 times a day. Thats a good amount as long as they are getting a well balanced diet. I offer her a lot of water and other healthy beverages throughout the day as well.

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