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recommended minimum?

does anyone know what the recommended minimun number of times per day a breastfed 4-5 month old should nurse?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:29 AM on May. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (11)
  • At least 6-8 wet dipes a day then all is good. My first was nursing all the time, but my second did not at that age. The second child was more efficient.

    Answer by aeneva at 8:30 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • It depends if you started solids or not. It would still be around 6-10 times or on demand.

    Answer by janel09 at 1:31 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • just on demand, i never counted, just when my son gets hungry, I feed him

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:34 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • I always just feed my kids when they are hungry...on demand. It can vary depending on age, if they are having a growth period, if they are teething, sick, etc.
    Is there a specific reason for the question? Is baby cluster feeding or not eating enough?

    Answer by bamsmom2001 at 1:40 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • op- just curious. she used to nurse 8-9 times a day and now she's sleeping longer at night so only nursing 7-8 times. except on the dreaded "frequency days", then she'll nurse 12+ times...ugh! lol

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • As long as there are enough wet diapers and baby is growing, there's no need to worry. How old is she?

    Answer by bamsmom2001 at 2:06 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • op- almost 5 months. she has an average of 6 wet diapers a day, if not more, but 6 is the average

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • As long as you're feeding on demand, it really doesn't matter. At least 5 times, certainly. But some babies get more per session and nurse fewer times, whereas others are "snackers" and go all night long. Neither one is wrong.

    And when solids are introduced (and that shouldn't happen before 6 months), it shouldn't REPLACE nursing. Nursing should always happen before solids are offered (in the first year).

    Answer by lifetimelove at 2:25 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • OP, there is no recommended minimum number of nursings. Only of dipes. As long as you're changing as many as you are, you're fine. They get more efficient and nurse less frequently as they get older.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:03 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • As often as the baby wants/needs to. Remember, the breast is for comfort as well as nutrition - pacifiers were invented to replace the breast.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:24 AM on May. 25, 2010