Q&A: Eight Month Old Nursing Constantly?

Help. My baby is eight months old and nurses CONSTANTLY. He still wants to breastfeed every two to three hours, even though we've started solids. Is this normal? How can I get him to ease up? I love breastfeeding but this is way too time-consuming.
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By Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, Lactation Specialist
Updated March 2, 2017
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This level of breastfeeding is in the normal range for this age. Most eight-month-old babies are just learning to eat solids, and mother’s milk is still their primary source of nutrition. Unlike bottle-fed babies, breastfed babies do not typically take larger feedings or feed fewer times per day as they get older. Plus, they enjoy breastfeeding as a source of comfort and consolation as well as food. If you feel the need to cut back on breastfeeding, you may choose to supplement with formula. However, if you can keep going until one year, then your baby can drink regular cow’s milk instead of formula.

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