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messageBfing a 9 month old baby - how much?
Posted by Undiscovered 18 December, 2013 19:43

Evening,
My little one is about to start nursery (in the new year) and she has extremely helpfully dropped down to 2 milk feeds a day - allowing me to continue to breasfeed without expressing and forcing a bottle on her - I will just feed her both sides of work.
My concern is, is this too fewer breastfeeds for a 9 month old? She's a terrific eater (baby led but my oh my it's defo getting in), likes water, sleeps amazingly and is tracking 75 percentile (not that I care about those blooming graphs but it makes me feel more relaxed).
I just don't know any other 9 months old on only 2 feeds. I actually know kids my elder daughters age (2.5 years) who have more feeds.
I know there all different. Has anyone else had such an early dropping of milk?
Not sure why I'm asking as no idea how I could give her more milk if she doesn't want it??

messageRe: Bfing a 9 month old baby - how much?
Posted by Pickle 18 December, 2013 20:30

By 1 year all 3 of my BF babies were down to 2 feeds - on waking in the morning, and before bed at night. I remember doing one other small feed around 10:30am with my eldest and youngest, but they were more habit than necessity (and an excuse for me to sit down and watch daytime tv!).

If she's eating well, and taking dairy products at mealtimes, then I'd say all is good - and brilliant for you, as it works so well for your return to work!

messageRe: Bfing a 9 month old baby - how much?
Posted by crystal7 18 December, 2013 21:00

My second went down to 2 daytime feeds when he was about 9 months old. I worried as it my eldest didn't stop night feeds until 15months. Like your daughter he ate and drank really well and I continued to do those 2 feeds until he was 21 months.

messageRe: Bfing a 9 month old baby - how much?
Posted by Undiscovered 18 December, 2013 22:24

Thanks ladies, good to know. Not sure how long I'll continue bfing once at work ( intentions and practical implications are two different things) but after bottle battles with no 1 I'm happy it's happened!

messageRe: Bfing a 9 month old baby - how much?
Posted by Yak 19 December, 2013 10:01

Sounds exactly like my one - a fantastic eater, 2 feeds at 9 months when I went back to work. It worked out fine. Good luck with the return to work


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