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09/01/2014 at 16:54
As the title really, how often does your one year old have bf. is it just morning and night?
09/01/2014 at 18:06
I'm still feeding A (11 months) 3 times a day, first thing in the morning, about 2.30 in the afternoon, then at bedtime. Not sure when we are going to stop the afternoon feed to be honest, as although sometimes he doesn't look for it (sometimes he does - there doesn't seem to be a pattern), he always wants it and has about 10 minutes.
09/01/2014 at 19:06
A few times a day still but mostly they're short feeds, and once or twice a night.
So in the morning after breakfast, pre-midday nap, maybe once or twice in the afternoon, then before bed.
During the night he'll either feed at 11pm and 6am, or sometimes just once around 4am (sleeping 8-8 on an 'average' night).
I have spoken to a lady who is still feeding her 2 year old once every hour and also during the night. He doesn't eat much solid food. I couldn't be doing with that, she wants him to cut down but she doesn't want to deny him when he asks. I can understand that as it's hard to deny your child something that is actually good for them but I think I'm better off trying to cut down now, rather than cutting down when he is 2 and has more understanding. I am making a real effort to offer three good meals plus snacks, and I leave a beaker of water always within his reach. It took a couple of days of me offering the beaker before giving the breast if he asks for it, and now he crawls to his beaker and has a drink of water several times a day. Otherwise all those drinks would be from the breast. Plus I have started offering him food if he asks for breastfeeding in the day, of course if he rejects it I'll still BF him but often he's more than happy with a breadstick or piece of fruit. I do need to cut down the BFing as I'm going back to work 2.5 days a week so he needs to understand how to get water if he is thirsty or food when he is hungry, without the breast available.
09/01/2014 at 20:36
R has always fed a lot, he's 23 months now and today has fed 6 times - he doesn't feed in the night anymore usually. At 12 months he was probably similar and he feeds less when we're out and about and more at home.
09/01/2014 at 22:48
Thanks that's interesting. My hv told me just to feed morning and night but I wasn't sure if this was enough. I will be working 3 days in a few weeks so he will have to have less milk then but otherwise I may let him feed as he wants (although I need to crack the nights!)
Do you ever have days with no feeds? Has this caused any issue?
10/01/2014 at 11:27
I've always fed when he wants usually although now he's getting older I don't really feed in public and distract him at home if he's asking a lot. When we've been out for the day he's fed only in the morning and before bed and been fine. I think he just thinks if I'm sitting on the sofa then he should feed lol.
10/01/2014 at 11:35
Generally he'd just be having 2, especially the days I was working, and a cup of cows milk in the afternoon, but he'd also get a BF in the afternoon if I was around still for a while after he turned 1.
10/01/2014 at 12:41
at 1 we were between 2 and 3 bfs a day but he was also a good eater somedays he wanted a feed mid afternoon others he didn't at 18 months he has a bf on waking and before bed and theeses are getting shorter so I hoping he will self wean soon. He won't drink cows milk although we are still offering it in a beaker somtimes.
I do still feed at night sometimes but usually if he is awake at night its because something is wrong, teething, unwell, nightmare etc.... so it is a comfort thing I usually send my H in first at weekends to see if he will settel at night without the feed so he doesnt get into a habit of waking just for the feed iyswim.
10/01/2014 at 17:53
I don't think you HAVE to cut down to just morning and evening if you are happy to continue, but I also don't think it would harm them to do so *if* they are good eaters (or if you try it for a couple of days and as a result they up their food intake).
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