Q&A: Is my 11-month-old getting enough breast milk?
I have an 11-month-old daughter that I have nursed since birth and I plan on nursing until her first birthday, which is one month away. I am reading that she should be getting about 25 oz. of breast milk a day?? She weighs 25 lbs. and is quite a healthy girl (at the 95th percent for her weight/age). She is just not interested when I nurse her. I nurse her once in the morning and twice in the evening before bed. She eats regularly.... baby food from the jars, avocados, flax oil, oatmeal, fresh fruit, raisins, beans, etc. I have kept up pumping while at work, and used to get about 10 ounces a day but now only get one ounce. Should I be concerned about the amount of breast milk she is getting, or is it so close to the one-year mark that I should not worry about how many ounces a day she is getting?
In short, you shouldn’t worry about it.
A one-year-old (or an almost one-year-old) is expected to take about 20 to 24 ounces a day of formula (or milk, after the first birthday), while meeting the remainder of her dietary requirements with a variety of solid foods.The amount a breastfed infant takes isn’t usually quantified, but good growth means they are getting what they need.
Your daughter is growing well, and it sounds like she has already begun the weaning process by becoming less interested in breastfeeding. Many children do this as they enter the more independent phase of toddlerhood.
Since you seem to have a good base of knowledge of nutrition: make sure your daughter’s diet includes the amount of calcium provided by 24 ounces of milk, in the form of yogurt, cheese, etc. and consider what she gets of the breast as a ‘bonus’ on top of an already adequate diet.
A few weeks before her birthday, you can transition her to whole milk as another source of both calcium and calories.
And, congratulations on breastfeeding your daughter so long into her infancy!