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Keeping/dropping breastfeeds

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KittieCat Thu 16-Jun-11 12:56:14

We have started our just over six month old on solids over the past couple of weeks and he is very enthusiastic about food! He has cereal made with ebm in the morning, some sort of veg/fruit with carbs and sometimes fish at lunch and then steamed veg with some bread and tahini/peanut butter in the evening.

I also breastfeed him when he wakes in the morning then again about 11am, 2pm, 5pm, then a small bottle (40ml ish) of ebm about 7pm and then a feed before bed about 9pm.

All of his feeds have got shorter and I wonder if i should stop offering him some of his breast feeds and see if he feeds for longer at the other ones? I am not keen to stop breast feeding him, as I don't have to go back to work for another six months and I am absolutely convinced of the benefits of continuing to feed. That said, I don't want to overfeed! Also he is quite easily distracted when feeding and don't want to confuse this with a desire to drop a feed or two.

Am I over thinking it? Will he simply not feed if he doesn't want to, will this be my cue to stop?

Any advice would be grand, thank you!

RitaMorgan Thu 16-Jun-11 12:58:06

Just keep feeding on demand, you can trust him to drop feeds when he needs to - he won't overfeed.

KittieCat Thu 16-Jun-11 19:37:22

Thank you. Note to self: stop over thinking it all...

RitaMorgan Thu 16-Jun-11 19:50:19

Easier said than done grin

pollyr01 Fri 24-Jun-11 13:50:05

hello, Im breastfeeding my 7 mo DD still and the weaning also going well (fingers xed). She works to a pretty good routine and now has milk feeds at 7am (when she wakes up), 2.30pm and 6pm (before she goes down for the night). I was doing another milk feed at middayish - after lunch - but TBH she didn't seem particularly interested in it, and she is eating quite a lot of solids now. SO I add more milky things to the lunch ie yog/cheese. You have to follow their lead, so if the don't really seem interested even when you are BF in a nice quiet room with no distractions, chances are they don't really need/want it.
Good example is also the 10pm BF which I dropped about a month ago; now realise I probably could have done it before as she was only on for about 3 minutes, and after I dropped it she woke up a couple of times in the night at random times and then that was it.

KittieCat Thu 30-Jun-11 14:49:32

Sorry I've not been back for a while but thank you, Polly. Very helpful and will try similar here.

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