When it comes to breastfeeding, there are a lot of questions that come up. How often should you breastfeed a one year old? What do they need during the day? Is breast milk still good for them? In this article, we will answer all of those questions and more!
One common questions that mothers ask is how often they should breastfeed their one year old.
The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, including your child’s age, diet, and overall health.
How often should I breastfeed my one year old
Most likely, by the time your baby turns one year old they are eating 3 “meals” a day with a few snack in between.
According to the The American Academy of Pediatrics – they recommend exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth — and breast-feeding in combination with solid foods until at least age 1.
After that, breast-feeding is recommended as long as you and your child wish to continue.
For some women and their babies that means anywhere from twice a day to 5-7 times a day.
There really is no wrong or right answer! You should just follow your baby’s cues and do what works best for your situation!
Do solid foods replace breastfeeding?
The guidelines suggest that you introduce solids by six months. However, these are only guidelines and you should do what you and your baby wants and needs.
Up until about a year any solids your baby may be eating should not replace your breastfeeding and the breastmilk your baby receives.
Benefits of breastfeeding your baby past one year
Even though breast milk is no longer their main source of nutrition, it can still be beneficial for your child in many ways.
Breast milk is packed with nutrients and antibodies that can help to boost your child’s immune system. In addition, breast milk can also help to improve your child’s digestion and reduce the risk of developing allergies. The protective antibodies will also continue to help your baby for as long as you breastfeed.
Breastfeeding past one year also helps you to continue to bond with your baby and provide them with a sense of comfort and security.
Breast Milk Nutrition After a Yaer
Kelly Mom states that from 12-23 months, 448 ml of breast milk provides:
- 29% of energy requirements
- 43% of protein requirements
- 36% of calcium requirements
- 75% of vitamin A requirements
- 76% of folate requirements
- 94% of vitamin B12 requirements
- 60% of vitamin C requirements
As long as you are following this guideline or something similar depending on your child’s needs you can breastfeed however often you and your baby feel is right. Babies and toddlers know when they are full or hungry or need comfort
If you have any questions about your child’s health and when to stop breastfeeding please reach out to your pediatrician for further counsel or advice.
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Katie Clark is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has helped thousands of mothers and families around the globe navigate breastfeeding challenges and questions since 2015. She has a passion for creating research-based, helpful breastfeeding education and helping parents find a way to make breastfeeding work for them. Katie is a mom of three little boys and lives in the great state of Colorado. She also has a degree in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism.