Number of Breast Feeds A Day

6 mo.
Helen Hansen
Dear Bonnie

You are absolutely right, your son is able to regulate his own milk intake, and when you offer him your breast and he refuses while smiling, it is a sign that he is not hungry.

The more you give him of other kinds of food - formula, solids etc. the less breastfeeding, the less milk production. The milk production depends on how often he is breastfed, which means that if you offer him your breast and he drinks for a short while, this might influence the milk production, should you not offer him your breast at all.

In general I would say that 5-6 breast feeds a day for a 6 months old baby is fine. However, some babies only have 4 breast feeds a day, together with solids, but I do not think that you should breastfeed less than 4 times a day. See to it to cover his milk intake and that the milk intake excedes the solids.

Hope this is helpful. I wish you the best of luck:o)

I cannot tell you whether there might be a long term effect. Some women experience that the milk production is reduced considerably in case the baby does not breastfeed often. Consequently, some babies stop breastfeeding. Other women experience no difference, milk production is the same even though the baby does not breastfeed very often.

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen


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