So, Can I Stop Breastfeeding Completely?
The Answer is Not Yet!
To meet your baby’s evolving nutritional needs, you should continue to nurse your child up to 2 years of age and beyond along with providing nutritious and safe complementary feeds.
Can I Reduce the Frequency of Breastfeeding?
Yes! Your baby’s digestive system is slowly adapting to digest a variety of foods. You may not want to lose any opportunity to introduce a variety of taste and texture to your baby’s food, so you can reduce breastfeeding frequency.
- As your baby eats more and more of solid foods, he or she may eventually lose interest in nursing.
- If the demand for breast milk decreases, your milk production will also eventually decrease.
How Often do I Need to Breastfeed?
- The frequency of breastfeeding will now mainly vary with:
- The type or energy density of food your child eats.
- The amount of food your child eats.
- Your baby’s desire and mood to breastfeed.
- If you are feeding energy-dense complementary foods to your baby at least 3–4 times per day along with 1–2 snacks, you should nurse depending on your child’s appetite/demand, to fulfill the nutrition requirements.
- If your child prefers to eat a variety of foods more often like mashed chapati, mashed rice and pulses, and other animal-source foods like eggs, mashed meat, yogurt, etc., then you may need to nurse less often.
- You may choose to breastfeed at night and give complementary feeds through the day to adjust to your work schedule or according to your child’s desires.
Note: Amounts suggested are general guidelines and may differ depending on the age, sex and activity level. To get your child’s personalised diet plan please visit our Meal Planner