Re: how many feeds a day at 7.5 months?
Decreased daytime feeding frequency is pretty common when a baby starts solids and gets so interested in the world around him that nursing loses some of its fascination. After solids are introduced, feeding frequency can vary a lot, with some babies nursing just a few times a day (maybe as little as five?) and some still nursing like newborns (8-10 sessions or more). It's really hard to put an absolute minimum on the number of feedings, though, since babies vary so much in need and in efficiency at getting those needs met.
Until a year, you want to minimize your baby's intake of solids and maximize his intake of breast milk, since breastmilk is a complete food and has everything an infant needs for healthy development, whereas solids are not as perfect. If your LO is cutting back on daytime feedings, I would do the following:
- Always offer the breast before solids
- Keep quantities of solid food relatively small
- When it is time to nurse, take baby into a dimly lit, calm environment that is free of distractions, to better enable him to focus on nursing
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