Re: Fluid intake guidelines for a 12 months old
You can't nurse too much. Not for the baby, anyway. You might get exhausted by it! Most of what I have seen suggests that a toddler who nurses at least 3-5 times a day is probably getting his needs for "dairy" met at the breast. But there's absolutely no harm and plenty of benefit in nursing more than that. At 12 months, my first kid was still nursing at least 8-10 times a day and it was great. When she got sick and wouldn't eat solids, breastmilk filled the void. When she went on food jags and would only eat cheerios for days on end, I knew that breastmilk was providing her with a source of balanced nutrition.
Actually I'm not sure, do I nurse him too much?
At 12 months, you can nurse less often if you wish. But that means increased vigilance about the rest of your toddler's diet- making sure that his solids are varied and balanced. You may continue to nurse before solids or offer solids first, as you choose.
Should I nurse less often or how do I even know when he needs less breastmilk and more other fluids, as I would think toddler must surely need less BM than infant?
You might want to check out and perhaps share the following resources on extended nursing:
ps. My family finds it strange that I'm nursing beyond 1. But whatever! As long as I'm doing the right thing for my son, and he gets all the nutrition he needs I'm fine with that.
When to Wean
AAP's Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk- note the part that mentions how "Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births).196
There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.197"
Extended Breastfeeding's Benefits
ETA: With regard to liquids in addition to breastmilk, you may continue to give your child as much breastmilk as he wants, offering it when he's thirsty, and in addition offer sippy cups full of water. Avoid juice unless it's watered down, since juice is full of sugar which is not good for baby teeth and which is also a large source of calories unbalanced by other healthy things like fats, fiber, and proteins. If you want your baby to have fruit, give him the whole fruit, not the juice.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; February 11th, 2011 at 08:16 AM.
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