How many breast feeds per day for your 1 year old ?

Nic - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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How often and when do you breast feed your approx. 1 year old? Im wondering if I need to start cutting out a feed, possibly the first one of the day. What is the best way to do this ?
Thanks!

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Melissa - posted on 11/29/2009

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I nurse my twins twice a day, once in the morning and right before bed. I had to cut out one feeding a day when I went back to work this fall after being off for the summer (I'm a school teacher). When school started again, they were ten months old and still nursing four times a day. I found that they didn't seem to really want their 6:00 feeding, and I was able to tell because they would latch on for about thirty seconds, then pull off and were very distracted. After about a week of this, I skipped the feeding. The same thing then started happening with their 4:00 feeding. This was the feeding right when I came home from work. They'd latch on, but after thirty seconds they'd try to get down or play around. So, we cut this feeding out as well and are down to the last two. If you let your child self-wean, you'll know when they no longer "need" the feedings, and they may not give them all up at once. For us it's been a gradual progression.

Michaela - posted on 11/27/2009

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fuuy enough, my daughter stoped taking breast milk when she was i think 8 months. when you give it to her, she rejects it or bites your nipple.

Ginni - posted on 11/14/2009

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I nurse my daughter 4-6 times a day and 1-2 times a night. I intend to let her self wean or to start eliminating 1 nursing session per month after we get to age 2, whichever happens first!

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2009

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I nurse my daughter at least 2 times a day. Once when she wakes up and once at night. There are days that she is fussy and will want to be nursed sometimes 3-4 times a day. Those are getting fewer and farther between though. She will drink water and cow's milk out of a cup, though not regularly. She is fussy with cups. She does eat solid foods wonderfully, and is no longer getting up at night to nurse. I have no plans of forcing her to ween. When she gives me signs she is ready we will stop. She has cut herself down during the day, so I am guessing she will do the same with her morning and night feeding.

Crystal - posted on 11/10/2009

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my little one has cows milk during the day but breast feeds 3-4 times at night.

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Maria - posted on 11/18/2009

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i nurse my son about 3-5 times in a 24 hr period. I didnt purposefully set out to cut down so much, it just kind of naturally happened. he now nurses in the morning when he wakes up, once before each nap, and right before he goes to bed. he will occasionally nurse one extra time, or if hes sick he tends to want to nurse more, but thats about it. with drinking water from a cup and eating solids it just seemed like the need died down for him a little bit, and thats ok with me. i was planning on self weaning, but it looks like im going to be going away from home here soon for about a week, and it might kick off some weaning in of itself....

Ginni - posted on 11/14/2009

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Quoting Breann:



Hi Moms,

Just wanted to say what an awesome job you are all doing! I had always planned to exclusively breastfeed and self-wean (I'm very AP for the most part), but then developed very little glandular tissue during pregnancy (no breast changes, no milk coming in after birth, etc.) I worked with LCs, took Domperidone + herbal supplements and managed to pump a few ounces a day for 10 months (after initially starving him and nearly making him go to the hospital, I realized EB wasn't possible) Pumping was necessary because he eventually refused the breast due to such a low flow (we tried SNS to no avail, it was already too late before a LC recommended it) and I wasn't able to coax him back. Not being able to watch my child initially grow excusively from my own milk was one of the biggest disappointments in my life and I'm just now starting to work through it emotionally. Anway, I read this thread and it made me both sad and happy. Sad that it wasn't my reality and happy that there are moms like you out there - I was so hoping I'd be one. But know that I know what to expect, hopefully with our next child it may fare better (I'll start using an SNS immediately!). Congratulations on all your hard work and enjoy those little ones at your breasts! You're amazing mamas!






I don't know why more people don't go straight to the SNS when there are supply issues, it's such a great thing that so many women don't even know exists!



Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate YOU! Making it 10 months after those kinds of complications is quite an accomplishment. You gave your son a wonderful gift and you should be very proud of yourself!

Arlie - posted on 11/12/2009

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I breast feed my 1 yr old daughter, 3 times a day with whole milk in between, twice at her nap times and once at bedtime. :)

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Hi Moms,

Just wanted to say what an awesome job you are all doing! I had always planned to exclusively breastfeed and self-wean (I'm very AP for the most part), but then developed very little glandular tissue during pregnancy (no breast changes, no milk coming in after birth, etc.) I worked with LCs, took Domperidone + herbal supplements and managed to pump a few ounces a day for 10 months (after initially starving him and nearly making him go to the hospital, I realized EB wasn't possible) Pumping was necessary because he eventually refused the breast due to such a low flow (we tried SNS to no avail, it was already too late before a LC recommended it) and I wasn't able to coax him back. Not being able to watch my child initially grow excusively from my own milk was one of the biggest disappointments in my life and I'm just now starting to work through it emotionally. Anway, I read this thread and it made me both sad and happy. Sad that it wasn't my reality and happy that there are moms like you out there - I was so hoping I'd be one. But know that I know what to expect, hopefully with our next child it may fare better (I'll start using an SNS immediately!). Congratulations on all your hard work and enjoy those little ones at your breasts! You're amazing mamas!

Valeria - posted on 11/11/2009

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I breast feed my 1 year old at least twice a day. Once in the morning when he gets up and at nights when I am putting him to bed. I have no intention of weaning him right now, so for the time being, he will have those two feedings. If you are planning on weaning, then the night feeding should be the last to take from him.

Lori - posted on 11/10/2009

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My little guy generally nurses maybe 4-6 times during the day, and another 3-4 times at night. I'm doing totally on demand nursing when I'm home (he gets a couple of bottles of expressed milk on the days I work at the office), and we'll be self weaning as well, so I'm not making any effort to drop any feeds.

Nic - posted on 11/10/2009

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Thanks ladies, that was useful. Im nursing 5-7 times a day. A friend of mine with a baby of similar age has 'cut down' to 2 feeds per day. Its nice to hear what other Mums are doing. I accidentally forgot Liana's afternoon feed the other day and she gave me the milk sign which was really cool. I like the idea of self-weaning - thanks.

Michelle - posted on 11/10/2009

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lily nurses probably 3-4 times a day and another 3-4 at night... we dont cut feeds she'll wean when she's ready

Minnie - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter nurses on average, 1-2 times an hour during the day and 3-4 times at night.



I'm not 'cutting' any 'feeds'- because I nurse my daughter- I see it as being sensitive to both the emotional and physical needs of her and I am allowing her to self-wean.



If you allow your child to self-wean he or she will naturally reduce the amount of time spent at your breast as he grows out of his need for it.

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