Breastfeeding Sample Schedules for 7 Months to 1 Year

Before you read this, please understand, I am NOT trying to persuade anyone to schedule their breastfeedings. I am giving this information for anyone who WANTS to breastfeed on a schedule. What I do in breastfeeding and what you do in breastfeeding might be two entirely different things, and that is okay. 

I’ve provided this to you as information, not as medical advice. Every child and mom will be different. Please ask your child’s doctor about your own specific circumstances.

Breastfeeding a baby until he is a year old is a wonderful thing. If you want to do it, you will probably succeed. I made it a goal to breastfeed all my kids for at least one year. So far so good.

Breastfeeding past 6 months can be very rewarding for both mom and baby. Here are sample schedules I followed to breastfeed my babies from 7 months until they turned a year old.© Svetlana Fedoseeva / Dollar Photo Club

This post is a follow-up to the post I did on breastfeeding schedules for newborn to 6 months. This time I’ll discuss 7 months to 12 months. I wouldn’t know much about anything after that, unfortunately.

UPDATE JULY 2015: Since writing this, I have realized that you should not necessarily cut back on the number of feedings after 6 months old. Even though most babies will be on solids at this point, breastmilk should still be their main source of nutrition. I will not change the information that follows just because it is what I did with my babies. Determine what will be best for your babies and don’t try to do what I have done. Like I have said before, each mom and baby are different.

Schedule for Breastfeeding a 7-9 month old

By about 7 months, I was feeding Bella solids twice per day, once in the morning and once around dinner. She was breastfeeding just 4 times a day at this point.

8 am
9:30 am – Solids
12:30 pm
3:45 pm
6:15 pm – Solids
9:15 pm

Schedule for Breastfeeding a 10 month old

When Bella was 10 months old, she was still breastfeeding four times every day, but I was adding more solid foods to the mix.

7:30 am
9 am – Solids
11:30 pm
12:30 pm – Solids
3:30 pm
6:15 pm – Solids
8:45 pm

Schedule for Breastfeeding an 11 month old

By 11 months, Bella was down to just 3 nursing sessions each day and I was still giving her solids three times a day. (UPDATE: If you can, wait until your baby is a year old before you start to cut way back on breastmilk)

7:30 am
10 am – Solids
1 pm – Solids
2:30 pm
6 pm – Solids
8:30 pm

The recommended amount of breastmilk at this point is 22 to 32 ounces, but if you are not pumping and giving your baby the breastmilk in a bottle, it will be hard to know if he is getting enough. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned your baby is not getting enough milk.

2 Weeks Before 1st Birthday

Because I wanted to stop breastfeeding Bella by 1, I took advantage of the last part of her 11th month and cut back to two breastfeeds per day, morning and evening. Then I increased how much food she was getting so she was basically on the same schedule as Sofía and myself.

7 am
9:30 am – Solids
12:30 pm – Solids
3:30 pm – Solids
6 pm – Solids
8:15 pm

1 Week Before 1st Birthday

One week before she turned one, I cut out the morning feeding. I’d say the last two feedings are the worst to cut out. The morning feeding was hard for Bella because she was so used to waking up and drinking right away. To ease the transition, I had to get her food ready before she woke up or entertain her somehow to keep her mind from thinking about “milkies.”

7:30 am – Solids
11:30 am – Solids
3 pm – Solids
6 pm – Solids
8 pm

Feeding Schedule for a 1 year old

This is what Bella’s schedule will look like tomorrow.

7:30 am – Solids w/milk
12 pm – Solids
3:30 pm – Solids
6 pm – Solids
8 pm – milk

You might have noticed that the morning feedings and bedtime feedings for each age were a bit different. The reason for the various morning times is that I let her sleep until she wakes up in the morning. It rarely stays the same, so sometimes she’s up at 7 and other times she sleeps until 8. Her bedtime fluctuates a lot as well depending on when my husband comes home from work and whether or not Sofía is giving me a hard time to go to bed.

If you want to do a breastfeeding schedule or routine for your baby, it can be done. Let your baby guide you and if the schedule is thrown off because she is going through a growth spurt or she’s sick, so be it. It is better to make sure your baby is getting the nourishment she needs than to worry about sticking to a schedule.

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Charlee

I'm a mom of 3 on a journey to feed my family nourishing foods. Personally, I believe that you can feed your family healthy, delicious meals without spending a fortune or slaving away in the kitchen.

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