I think they're all different, I have a friend whose toddler feeds only last thing at night and only occasionally on the weekend in the morning/day time when she's at home.
After 1 milk stops being their main source of nutrition and will most likely having other drinks too so I am sure there's no reason you couldn't wean to just a morning and an evening feed. This is what I intend to do.
They will be eating solids at every meal by that point so it will depend on how much of that they are eating.
Several studies have measured breastmilk intake for babies between 12 and 24 months and found typical amounts to be 14-19 oz per day (400-550 mL per day). Studies looking at breastmilk intake between 24 and 36 months have found typical amounts to be 10-12 oz per day (300-360 mL per day).
Then I realised that when she was 6 months I would have to switch to formula if I stopped and didn't want to go to formula when we hard worked so hard to get where we were so we carried on till 12 months..........
.......12 months arrived and I didn't want to stop........we'll go to 18 months.....
.......LO is now 21 months and still BF
I stopped expressing at work when LO was about 13 months. She could have cows milk then and was BF less in the day so it was ok.
Now at 21 months she has self weaned to just a morning feed a day
The main thing is that you and your baby are happy.
Feed for as long as YOU and baby choose to. Don't let other peoples opinions influence your decisions.
Go as long as you want! Yes, it will be harder once you have to express, but you could also stop at that point and just do feeds when you are home. After 12 months they can get most of their nutrition from food, and any breast milk is great, as well as great for bonding if you still enjoy it. If you don't want to continue past 12 months, know that just making it that far is great! And if you want to keep going, then go for it mama.
So if I wanted to just give my LO a night feed of bf from 12m to 2yrs would my body just adapt and allow one feed per day?
Yes my toddler has self weaned to just one feed a day and my body produces enough milk for that one feed - although there is milk there throughout the day too - if I attempt to express I still get milk.
As previous posters have said, at 12 months your baby will be getting nutrition from lots of other sources in addition to breastmilk and you may find that once you return to work, you've weaned down to a morning and bedtime feed. That was the case for us. We then dropped the morning feed and then finally the bedtime one and she doesn't seem to miss it at all now. See how attached you both are to BFing at that point and you'll know what's best for you both.
I worked full time with both my kids. I was able to stop expressing at work by 8-10 months of age for each of them. My DS was on just a bed time feed from 15 months until he naturally weaned at 31 months. My DD reverse cycles and doesn't BF at all from about 5 am until bedtime at 7 pm, she's 19 months.
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