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Friday, October 28, 2005

Breastfeeding An Older Baby

Here are some things I didn't know but am glad to know now about nursing a six to twelve-month-old:
  • About half of nursing moms notice that it takes longer to get a let down.
  • Baby should nurse about seven times a day.
  • A baby who's eating solid food needs at least 18 ounces of breastmilk (or formula) a day.
  • Baby may nurse more frequently during the day because of longer night sleeping.
  • When it seems as if baby may be "self-weaning," baby may be on a (temporary) nursing strike.
  • Although some breastfed babies sleep through the night, many of them sleep in four to seven hours stretches.

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