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How many b'f at 7 months?

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louloubelle Thu 08-Jan-09 19:46:54

My dd2, fully b'f and weaned just under 6 months, now seems to have only 3 full feeds (both sides) per day, 730am ish, 330pm ish and 730pm ish, with ocasional half feed at 10 am or 5ish if desperate. Is this enough? She is eating really well, 3 full meals, lots of dairy, ie milk/cheese sauces, plain yog etc, and is sleeping through. I b'f dd1 for a year, and ds1 for 18 months, and they were both still feeding more than this at this stage. She has started the occasional bit of water from a sippy cup...should I try to feed her more or let her get on with it?

FrannyandZooey Thu 08-Jan-09 19:50:17

breastfeed her before meals, as she needs milk more than food atm (until about a year)
she's having really quite a lot of other foods for her age, i would say - I think you could tone this down a little bit - perhaps move towards more finger foods and then she will naturally control her own intake?

FrannyandZooey Thu 08-Jan-09 19:51:43

this page might help - see the chart about how to gradually replace milk, not drastically reduce it

FeelingLucky Thu 08-Jan-09 19:51:55

At 7 months, DD was having 5 breastfeeds: morning, mid-morning, lucnhtime, afternoon, bedtime.
I didn't feed on demand as she never demanded, I just offered at these times and she always wanted it.

louloubelle Thu 08-Jan-09 20:21:07

Thanks for the replies. I have to say that it is only in the last couple of days ( due to car journeys etc) that she appears to have dropped the mid am and late pm feeds. Probably a combination of my elation at her sleeping through finally (the other 2 although both b/f slept through much earlier) and the fact of sitting down with the others at meal times meant I am relying too much on food not milk...which I probably sort of knew, just needed a gentle reminder about!

kathryn2804 Thu 08-Jan-09 23:06:34

3 full breastfeeds a day is fine. She'll be getting a surprising amount from that!! Some babies have more, but that is ok too. Demand feeding is still the way to go.

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