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What Did Breastfeeding Look Like for You After 6 Months?

By Roni |

Little Bean at 6 Months, taken yesterday.

Little Bean will be 6-months-old TOMORROW! I know it’s cliché to say but I can’t believe it. I really can’t. I still think of him as the teeny, tiny baby we just brought home from the hospital. Now look at him!

We had a shaky start to nursing because he was early and so darn small! I remember thinking, “Holy Crap! My boob is bigger than his head! This will never work.” It just looked so odd. But I’m happy to say we made it to my goal, 6 months. With both my boys, my choice in the feeding department was 4 months of exclusive breastfeeding, then introduction to solids with breastfeeding still being his main source of food, and by 6 months to transition to more solids and less and less boob.

With baby #1, I weaned him by 6 months and had enough breast milk stored for him to have at least 1 bottle a day until he was about 8 months old. I was working full time out of the home back then and pumping was happening on a regular basis.

With Little Bean, I’m working at home and not pumping as much. Actually I haven’t pumped at all since the beginning of August. Right now he’s nursing 3 times a day but that’s already starting to decrease as his love (and I mean LOVE) of solids is increasing. I’m finding the best time to nurse him is first thing in the morning. I try again midday, but he’s less interested and constantly pulling off. I also try one more session either before dinner or just before bed based on his last meal.

I have no idea if this is “normal” as I’ve never nursed past this point before. I was hoping some of you would share your breastfeeding stories past the 6 month mark. Did you nurse exclusively? How did solids change your routine? How many times did you nurse a day?

In know there isn’t a “right” answer, but I though it would be fun to hear other mom experiences.

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16 thoughts on “What Did Breastfeeding Look Like for You After 6 Months?

  1. Michelle NItengale says:

    I nursed my 7 year old exclusively till he was 10 months and then we started table food. He tried one jar of baby food and he (and I) couldn’t stand it. After starting on food we pretty much nursed when he wanted too, in the morning before work, after work – it was our bonding time when I got home, and before bed.

    I nursed my 3 year old pretty much the same way. She started eating solids closer to 8 months and I fully weaned her much earlier than her brother – at 18 months because she became less and less interested.

    I worked 4 days a week and pumped 3x a day for both my kiddos. I nursed on demand because it was basically easier to whip out the boob to calm my kids than to make them wait :-) Good luck. Little Bean is looking healthy and handsome!

  2. jodi says:

    after 6-months, i started nursing twice a day (before work and before bed) and then narrowed it down to just before bedtime @ maybe 8-9 months… i wasn’t producing that much anyway and he was well on his way with solids so i felt i did it for the right amount of time… do what you feel is right for both of you and like you said, there is no right or wrong answer… :)

  3. Alyssa says:

    I nursed my son around 8-10 times a day at 6 months with three 1-2oz meals of solids per day. Now at 16 months, he nurses 3x a day with 3 meals and 2 snacks of “real” food.

  4. Lauren says:

    My son is 8 months old and nurses on demand. I pump while I am at work part-time, and he has breastmilk in his bottle while he’s at home with my husband. He eats solids three times a day – he eats his meals with us. Other than those meals he nurses whenever he’s hungry. It never occurred to me to count how many times, or to start weaning him. We plan to breastfeed until he is 2, or when he self-weans before that.

  5. Lauren Gindes, Founder of Mommy Learning Curve says:

    I actually just published an article on my breast feeding experience. I ended up exclusively pumping and bottle-feeding my son my breast milk b/c breastfeeding hurt so badly. My experience is chronicled here:

  6. Sara says:

    As soon as my daughter (now 10 months) started eating solid food, around 6 months, she stopped drinking any sort of bottle (she had been taking up to 24 oz of breastmilk from bottles each day) but kept on nursing 2x a day (4x a day on days I’m not working), which is where we are today.

  7. Kate says:

    I still nurse on demand at 7.5 months, so like 8-10x a day. He eats 2 meals a day.. he likes solids but LOVES nursing.

  8. Katie says:

    My daughter did not take to solids easily and it wasn’t until after a year that she was receiving any sort of consistent nutrition from them. I still nursed on demand 7-9 times a day until I had to wean (for medical reasons) and then formula became her main source of nutrition until 12 months.

    My understanding is that, under a year, either breast milk or formula should remain the main calorie source for a baby.

  9. Katie says:

    My daughter is 9 months old and her feeding schedule goes like this! I nurse her when she wakes up around 7:00am, she eats “breakfast” (usually a few ounces of pureed fruit mixed with a rice or oatmeal cereal) around 8:00am. She drinks a ~4-5 ounce bottle of breastmilk (I work and my husband is a stay at home dad) around 11:00am and then eats “lunch” around 11:30 or noon. Lunch is usually a few ounces of a pureed vegetable. She drinks a ~4-5 ounce bottle of breastmilk around 3:00pm and then eats “dinner” with the family around 6:00pm. I breastfeed her at 7:00pm in the rocking chair in her nursery and then it’s off to bed for her! Some nights, she sleeps straight through until the morning, and some nights she wakes up around 11:00ish to breastfeed.

  10. Jenna says:

    I couldn’t breastfeed for medical reasons but when my daughter started eating solids she lost all interest in anything else. When I would give her a bottle she’d drink a little bit then push it away and reach for any real food that was in sight.

  11. Michelle says:

    If he isn’t breastfeeding, then is he getting any kind of liquid? I know, around 6-9 months is the hardest for breastfeeding. The child is soooo distracted and interested in everything else going on around them. I used to have to take my son to another room and make it dark so that he would get a good feeding in. I know that after solids did start, I was only bfeeding 3x a day. Am, noonish, and PM. The PM was the last to go at 18 months for medical reasons. Just do what comes naturally and he will be fine. You are a great mom!

  12. Allison says:

    My daughter is just a few weeks younger than Bean so I love reading your updates on him!! H is still breastfeeding every 3 hours at night, but has taken to solid (purees) food for two-three of her day feedings. She also LOVES solid food. Our schedule is 6am bf, 9am bf/bottle, 11am mush, 2ish mush, 5/6ish bf or mush, 9pm bf, 12am bf, 3am bf. I was hoping the increase in solids would decrease the night feedings, but she’s young enough and I dont see her during the day, so I’m not going to quibble if she still wants them :)

  13. Anita says:

    The first few weeks and up until about 7 months was HARD! Now my son is 14 months and we are still breastfeeding about 4-5 times a day – sometimes once in the middle of the night. I’ve worked full time since he was 11 weeks and I pumped until he was about 7-8 months. But I noticed that I produced about 1/2 once if I pumped at 9:00 am, 1 ounce at 10:00 am, 2 ounces at 11:00 and mayby up to 3 ounces at noon, so I decided just fed him at my lunch hour (ate food on the 10 minute or so drive to and from my baby – still do). The things became so much easier. He has ebbed and flowed with interest in breastfeeding. Just when I am convinced he is no longer interested – he becomes a marathon nurser for a few days. He has always been a great eater – but pretty much started him on solids only a couple of weeks before 6 months – and we never did the cereal thing that so many people do. Now he is on table food – no more mushed crap!

  14. jackie says:

    I have nursed and supplemented (had to) since my baby was 5 weeks old. That being said, he became a major ‘lookeyloo” and was super easily distracted starteing around 5 1/2 months. He was still nursing (and then bottle feeding) 6-8 times a day until 7 months. I moved him from his co-sleeper to his crib and he no longer got me up at night to nurse. Then, he went on a nursing strike with the last feeding before bed so I pumped. He’s got two teeth and I figured that it had to do with teething (he had done this earlier but with the bottles – and then got over it). Then he went on a complete nursing strike a week later and I pumped more. Now I’ve got him back to nursing in the morning, but that’s it for him. He has gotten too impatient to wait for the letdown so I’m just pumping 1-3 times a day and giving some to him and freezing some – for when he’s either completely weaned or in a few months. Good luck!

  15. Annalisa says:

    interesting experiences. the ped for my 5 mo. old said ‘foods under 1 are just for fun’ and bf should be going strong until 12 months to ensure baby gets essential nutrition/antibodies/etc. we haven’t started yet so now i am curious to see if the baby would take that fast to solids.

  16. Megan says:

    My son was born 6 weeks early, and I knew I wanted to nurse him as long as he wanted to. Well, he’s almost 18 months and is still actively nursing. Some days more than others (less when we’re out and about), but he still nurses anywhere from 3 to 15 times a day (rarely for more than 5 minutes, though). I doubt I have much milk left since his nursing is so sporadic, so I don’t think he’s getting much nutrition from me, but it’s still a great source of comfort and immunities for him, which is nice since my family has been through some high stress stuff lately. I’m not sure how long he’ll be interested, but we both still love it!

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