Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zee01 | 2011-02-08



Hello Doc!

My little one is now 9 and a half months.
Until twee weeks ago, he was exclusively breastfed.
After trying 4 different formulas, he took NAN.
So, at the moment he is getting one bottle defrosted breastmilk (still have lots of stock) and one bottle formula to school.
Then when it is bed time and till I leave for works he still breastfeeds about 3 times.

How much milk is he supposed to be getting?
I plan to breastfeed until he is one, and then put him onto cow''s milk. By then I plan to only give him one bottle to fall asleep with and water for the rest of the night.
How much milk does a one year old still need?
He eats very well, and a variety of foods.

And my last question, in your opinion, what is the right age to stop breastfeeding?

Thank you so much for all your advice!
Really appreciate it!

Expert's Reply



You are going to have to do some maths here. Your baby son's total fluid requirement per day[milk plus any other fluid] is between 120 and 140ml for every kilogram he weighs per day.It is a good idea seeing you are already doing so well to try to breastfeed your baby to one year.At 12 months your baby's daily fluid requirement is 1000ml plus 100ml for every kilogram he weighs over 10kg.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011-02-08

There is no right age to stop breastfeeding - it really is a personal choice. Some women grit their teeth and just manage to give their baby colostrum before they have had enough and others go on until their child self weans somewhere between the ages of 2 and 4 years. The average in this country is about 2 weeks - baby hits that first growth spurt, feeds more often and every nurse and peadiatrician tells the mom she should be giving formula as she doesn''t have enough milk.

As babies approach a year old, solids become the more important source of nutrition, so they drink less milk. Breastfeeding is usually a feed in the morning and evening as well as comfort feeds during the day and night. Apart from the morning and evening feed, baby will just have a little suckle here and there and won''t have a full feed like before. I think with formula or cows milk babies drink one to two bottles a day at this age - one in the morning and one in the evening.
Babies should also be drinking water at this age, and at one you can start giving diluted fruit juice as well - though rather only give it at meal times and only ever in a cup never in a bottle to protect babies teeth from the acidity.

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