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Milk Intake: Your Breastfed Baby at 12-36 months

As a Lactation Consultant, my main clients are mothers whose babies are under 12 months of age, so when looking for information for my daughter-in-law, I found it hard to find anything on milk intake for babies older than 12 months.  After doing some research, I have come to the following conclusion that I thought I would share with all moms.

Babies who are 12-24 months of age and weigh 20 lbs or more should take in 16-20 oz of milk; more if they are underweight. Normal weight gain during this period is 2 oz per week. A typical schedule would be nursing or feeding expressed milk 4 x daily, feeding solids 3 x daily with one or two healthy snacks in between. If you are weaning to cows milk, it should be whole milk unless advised otherwise by your pediatrician.  For toddlers 2-3 years or age, typical milk intake is 3 servings or nursings per day. After 24 months, most pediatricians recommend switching to 2% milk if you have weaned from breast milk. Toddlers 24-36 months should gain appro…

Weaning: Gradual & Partial

There are many considerations when deciding to wean your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least one year. If you choose to wean before one year, first make sure your baby tolerates other foods well. Next absolutely, positively, do not wean cold turkey. Before you wean, consider your alternatives such as pumping at work or partial weaning. Partial weaning works well when a baby is older than 4 months. Moms can choose to use formula during the day while at work and still nurse in the morning and at night. This only works after milk supply is well established which is why you should wait until at least 4 months of age before employing this method and always follow the same schedule seven days per week. You cannot put the baby to the breast in the middle of the day, if you have weaned that feeding. Whether you choose to partially wean of fully wean, drop one feeding every three to five days. For example, if you are nursing 8 times per day, drop one …

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Recently I have had several moms who started on formula switching to breastmilk due to baby's lack of formula tollerence.  Fortunately, re-lactating is an option, but these moms may not have had to go through this struggle if they were given the information on breastfeeding in the first place.

This is a condensed version of 101 Reasons to Breastfeed, written by Leslie Burby for those of us with too little time to compile one. For the full version along with explanation and references, visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it

Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby

Breastfeeding satisfies baby's emotional needs

Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition

Not breastfeeding increases mother's risk of breast cancer

Formula feeding increases baby girls' risk of developing breast cancer in later life

Formula Feeding is associated with lower I.Q.

Breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does. Need …