To the breastfeeding mamas....

Krystelle - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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So I've seen many questions about how often and how much formula a 10 month old should have. I'm curious to know how often you nurse your 10 month old babies in a 24 hour period and how many of these feedings are during the night.

I am currently breastfeeding my daughter and she nurses approximately 4 or 5 times during the day and 2 or 3 times at night, depending how restless she is. Sometimes it is very exhausting and seems like an awful lot of feedings.

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Veronica - posted on 06/02/2009

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My baby doesn't breastfeed at night and hasn't since she was 7 1/2 months old, which is around the time I went back to work. At that time, she was feeding twice at night. I started shortening the night feeds and eventually replaced them with water. Then, I just stopped one of the feeds, when she woke up, she fell back asleep within a few minutes. The final feed night feed, she just dropped by herself a few days after I went back to work. During the day, she now feeds 3 times: once when she wakes, once in the middle of the afternoon after her nap, and once just before bed. I can't get her to breastfeed more often during the day.

Nicole - posted on 06/02/2009

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Nah, you're right on track. BMilk or formula is still a baby's main source of food until about 1 year old. My 10 1/2 mo. DS goes down for bed around 8, wakes between 12 and 2 a.m. to nurse and we just bring her to bed with us then. All three of us sleep much better, and she nurses as much or as little as she wants - it's usually about 2-3 times, with the last being around 5:30am when my hubby is leaving for work. I pump for the next day at work while she's at daycare, then she nurses as soon as we get home, and at least once again before bed. She also eats plenty of solids, but loves her milk and absolutely refuses formula. I only returned to work 2 months ago, before that I was nursing her about 5 times during day, plus all night long, whenever she wanted it. This is our 3rd and last, so I'm in no hurry to wean. I love the cuddle time in the middle of the night and she's happy and satisfied. I'm going to continue until she begins to lose interest, or until I feel she doesn't need it anymore.

Lisa - posted on 05/31/2009

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I'm the same as you as well, though most days it's 3 times and nights it's twice, there can occasionally be that extra BF. I'm finding it really hard, DD3 has 5 teeth now and these last 3 have been particularly difficult. She's been chewing on my nipples and I'm starting to think we'll have to wean. I weaned my first 2 at around the same age and for the same reason! DD2 was easier at this age - I BF until she was 20 months... I'd like to at least get to 12 with DD3.

Charmaine - posted on 05/31/2009

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Krystelle, my little girl is also 10 mths and she nurses around 3-4 times a day - when she wakes up at around 7am, after her breakfast and before her morning nap around 9.30am, after her lunch around 1.30pm, and before bed around 6pm. She is a very good solid eater and eats 3 full meals a day with her nurse before bed only being a short one. At 10mths you should be nursing after meals so bubs can start eating more solids. My little one used to nurse during the night and when I cut it out she would wake up around 3 am but that only lasted a couple of days and now she is back sleeping through from 6.30pm - 6.30/7am. I remember how exhausting it was when my little girl was nursing constantly and can't imagine still having to do it in addition to making her solid meals as all her meals are home made. I wouldn't have time to do anything else. Try and nurse after meals if you aren't already and maybe start cutting out some of the feeds one at a time ie. replace a late night feed with some cuddles if bubs wakes crying. If you aren't nursing after meals at present you may find bubs will start to want the breast less and food more. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 05/30/2009

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My daughter isbreastfeeding every 3 hours, between meals and up to 4 times a night. She eats a ton. She sleeps with my husband and I so she just rolls over and starts nursing while sleeping. I dont plan on weening her anytime soon, whenever shes ready she'll slow down

User - posted on 05/30/2009

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My DS is 10.5MO and he nurses 4x/day once in the morning after waking up, once before each of his naps and once before bed.

Emma - posted on 05/29/2009

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my boy is 11 monthes, and can feed sooo much more than any of yours!!! he can have as much solids as he wants(dosent take much atall) and i offer him bottles n cups with milk or juiice that he just won take. somedays i can honestly feed him every half an hour. its chronically exhuasting!"!

Bridget - posted on 05/29/2009

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My girl is 10 and a half months, on a good day she'll BF 3-4 times during the day, and another 3+ at night! On a bad day it can be a lot more often, but they tend to be snack/comfort feeds as well. At this age they can be so busy during the day they "forget" to drink properly and the "remember" overnight that they need milk too. It's just a phase that they will grow out of! If your child is a night waker, it doesn't matter if its boob or bottle, they are just a night waker.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/28/2009

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I'm feeding about as much as you. About every 4 hours over night and maybe every 5 hours during the day depending on what else is happening to distract her. I'm debating about whether to try and night wean 'cos that 2 or 3 o'clock feed is sometimes hard to get up for. But what's going to be harder- letting her feed for 10 min and go straight back to sleep or having her cry for ages? I now some other mums who are only feeding 3 times. I think it has a lot to do with your own babies personality and what suits you.

Shanna - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter breastfeeds 4 times a day...after she gets home from daycare, right before supper, before bed and then she wakes around 5am to nurse. She was waking up 3-4 times through the night but it was becasue she knew that if she woke up I would feed her. I slowly dropped those feeding. Just letting her cry for a no longer than 10 minutes (in case she was actually hungry), and now she only wakes up once through the night. At daycare she has a bottle of whole milk before lunch as well.

Louisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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I have a ten month old daughter who only nurses morning and night. We have the occasion breastfeed in the afternoon if she is really restless. I think she cut right back of the feeds because she loves her solids. Everynight she suprises us with the amount she eats. I only just stopped feeding her overnight.

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