Babies: 6 - 9 Months

Nursing an 8 month old

Hi All...my son is 8 mo. old, and he's eating three solid meals a day of cereal, fruits, veggies, etc. & I'm still nursing him three to four times a day.  He nurses for about a half hour each time for three of the four times and then only gives me about 10 min if I'm lucky the fourth time.  Just wondering if I should cut that session out or if anyone thinks it's necessary that he nurses this fourth time.  His pediatrician doesn't really help me with BF questions.  Thanks!

Re: Nursing an 8 month old

  • Solid feeding doesn't replace breast feeding at this point.  3-4 sessions is probably not enough and if it seems like the solids are making him less hungry for milk feeds, I'd consider cutting back on the solids.  Mine nurses 6-8 times per day.
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  • My 8 month old also eats 3 meals of solids a day in addition to 6-7 nursing sessions a day. I would think 3-4 isn't enough. I have always been told that food before 1 is not for nutrition but for practice. Most calories are supposed to come from milk or formula. 
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  • I don't have any solid advice, other than that our pedi said as long as DD is nursing at least 4 times from wake up to sleep then she was not concerned ( and she is tiny) I don't push it on her but i encourage her to nurse before breakfast, before lunch, and once or twice between lunch and dinner. and if she wants i don't refuse.  As said- solids dont take the place of nursing, the benefits are just as great as the first month of nursing.  If you find he isn't wanting to nurse as much maybe ( if you are blessed with being a pumper, as i am not lol) pump and put in a sippy cup or even in with some food for extra benefits!
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  • Also, length of a nursing session does not necessarily indicate quantity. My daughter nurses for no more than 5 min at a time and she lasts 3 hours between feedings and is growing well. It's possible that your baby is not interested in lingering at the breast during that 4th feed so is being more efficient. 

    Out of curiosity, which feed is the short one? 

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    Solid feeding doesn't replace breast feeding at this point.  3-4 sessions is probably not enough and if it seems like the solids are making him less hungry for milk feeds, I'd consider cutting back on the solids.  Mine nurses 6-8 times per day.

     This. DD is 10.5 months and still nurses 5 times minimum.  


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  • The third one of the day, it's later in the afternoon.
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    I would offer the breast more, and solids less. Breastmilk has more calories, anyway.

    My almost 8mo old isn't too interested in solids just yet, so it's all BM. When I do offer solids, I always BF first.

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  • My almost 9 month old usually breastfeeds 5 times a day.. If I didn't offer until she asked it would be 4 times. I just try to plan so she drinks before she takes solids (usually 30-60 min before a meal). I mostly let her do her thing as far as how much solids she eats and would not restrict how much she wants to eat in 1 sitting.if you only giver her 3 meals a day (no snacks).


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  • I've been using www.wholesomefood.com as a reference and they suggest this:

    6-8 Months of age:
    Breastfeed every 3-4 hours or Formula 24-37 ounces

     

    9-12 Months of age:
    Breastfeed every 4-5 hours or Formula 24-31 ounces

    Sounds like your little guy is just getting ready and is okay with nursing 4 times a day!  I would follow his cues.  My doctor's office also gave me a handout with essentially the same information.  My 6 mo old is nursing 5 times a day, and eats about twice a day- one meal not as much as the other.

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