Re: Feeding for longer than a year? Advi
Good questions from the PP. 2-3 feeds per 24 hours would be at the very, very low end, particularly for a baby who is less than 1 year old. My pediatrician has always told me that until a year the baby's primary source of nutrition should be breastmilk or formula, not solids. So a baby who was nursing just 3 times a day at 6 months would need to be supplemented with formula. I'm not saying this to make you feel bad- i just want you to have the information for the future, in case you have more kids or encounter another mom who has gotten the same poor advice from a HV. (Seriously, what is up with these HVs? So many mamas from the UK and Canada come here with all kinds of crazy advice that they've been given by a HV.)
You can absolutely move those 2 feeds a day to different times and make the whole thing less structured, or more structured, depending on what works for you and your LO. Babies are flexible, and they can learn to accept change in their routine. It isn't always easy, but it can always be done. The flexibility of toddler nursing is part of it's beauty. When a baby is less than a year old, and is really relying on mom for nutrition (or should be- sorry, I don't mean to salt a wound), mom is really tied to her baby and it's hard to shift the baby's feeding routine around or to skip nursing sessions. But after a year- you could nurse 3 times on Monday and then just once on Tuesday, or not at all, and then go back to nursing 3 times a day on Wednesday. You could use the breast as a tantrum-soother when you're with the baby and let the caregiver figure out how to soothe baby when you're not there. I have a feeling that because you've become accustomed to highly scheduled nursing, you're thinking that it has to be that way...? And it doesn't. After a year, you just enjoy the flexibility.
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