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    Default Almost 9 month old how many breastfeeds?

    My DD is almost 9 months old (but born a month early so technically almost 8 months). She was born small but has shot up and now about 8.5kg. She is exclusively breastfed and has been on solids for about 3 months now.
    I'm worried that she is losing interest in breastfeeding. I don't know if this is a problem or how much she should feed at this age? She never seems to 'ask' to feed anymore and when I offer half the time she's not interested. She will have 3-4 short feeds (generally one side only 5-10 minutes) during the day and 1 feed overnight where I give both sides.

    Her solid intake is variable and she seems quite fussy so I don't think she's getting great nutrition so I'm not sure if I should back off solids a bit or keep pushing on. She has 3 'meals' a day comprising (on a good day):
    Fruit mash about 1/2 cup (pear, Apple, mango, blueberry, apricot).
    1/4-1/2 cup yoghurt or custard
    Finger food either a fruit and yoghurt pikelet, small sandwich, veggie cheese and egg patty, rice cakes, grated cheese.
    She pretty much refuses savoury mash so anything savoury has to be finger food - grated veggie patties, roasted veggie sticks. She's not really eating meat or eggs and with the finger food not much goes in so I don't think she's getting anything substantial aside from fruit and yoghurt 😁

    I have no idea if the amount of breastfeeding is a problem nutritionally at this age or if I should just go with what she's wanting? How often were you breastfeeding your 8-9 month old babies??

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    My daughter was bottle fed but at that age it was 3 milk feeds in the day and 1 in the middle of the night. She never had full bottles and hadn't established solids. Your Bub sounds well fed

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    Sounds like your bub is doing very well! Around that age my boys were both on 4 feeds per day. 7amish 11amish, 3pmish and 6pmish. I think by that stage the arvo feed had started to drop off a bit.

    If your bub is having 5 milk feeds per day then it's no biggie that a few feeds are shorter than usual.

    It's sad when bub starts to scale back on the feeds - a necessary part of growing up though.

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    At 9 months my older two were having 6-7 day feeds and 2 overnight ones. They were 9 and 10 kg respectively.

    They were eating 2 meals a day BLW way.

    But then I believe milk is more important than food till 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    At 9 months my older two were having 6-7 day feeds and 2 overnight ones. They were 9 and 10 kg respectively.

    They were eating 2 meals a day BLW way.

    But then I believe milk is more important than food till 1.
    Yes I agree milk is probably more important still.
    I'd feel a bit more comfortable if she breastfed more substantially but I offer and she just doesn't want it and I can't force her.
    I'll keep persisting with offering 4-5 times throughout the day and keep an eye on her weight and try to get her to eat more substantial solids too.

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    My 9 month old has 2, maybe 3 substantial feeds a day (overnight, just before bed and sometimes during the day), plus a bunch of little feeds when he climbs onto me and pulls my top down (maybe 10 seconds to 2 minutes). I was trying to get him to really stick with more significant feeds, but he's happy and it works. Food intake varies heaps day to day.

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    Default Almost 9 month old how many breastfeeds?

    My DD (9 months) has 3 (sometimes 4) feeds a day and one overnight. If she's at daycare, she has 2 feeds plus one bottle of ebm during the day. She is a good eater but from memory my DS had a similar feeding pattern but was not consuming many solids.

    I think by this age they are pretty efficient at getting the milk they need so shorter feeds are common.

    ETA: her feeds are 5 mins max (this is even when she feeds on both sides)
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