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Hi Dana - I'd love your advice on whether I can / should stretch the time between my daughter's daytime feedings. She usually eats at 7am (wakeup), 4pm, and 6:30pm (at bedtime) with either 2 or 3 additional feedings in between the 7am and 4pm feedings. I nurse her on demand which usually means it's 2-2.5 hours between daytime feedings. She's been down to one middle of the night feeding (between 3-5am) for a while and just started solids a couple weeks ago.
This works OK for us (was fine on maternity leave and I now work from home) but 6-7 feedings per 24 hours feels like more feedings than my son had at this age. What do you think? I definitely prefer lots of daytime feedings over multiple nighttime ones so if you think this sounds reasonable for an exclusively nursed 5 month old baby, I won't mess with it!
Hi, Divya - great job on the breastfeeding! Exclusive 5 months is awesome! I think the schedule sounds perfect. Feeding often during the day enables baby to get most of the calories she needs so she can stretch longer at night! I would encourage you to keep up the daytime schedule and hopefully she will drop that early am feeding really soon!
Would you please advise as to what one should consider when nursing an 8 month old that is teething. My LO breast feeds "on demand," favors one breast over the other, even though I offer both every time. However, the one she uses most feels raw recently and every time she latches it is very painful. My LO has her bottom 2 teeth & the top 2 are budding but I don't see teeth marks on the area where it hurts/tender. She also still feeds several times at night, every 1-1/2 to 2h (actually more than during the day); could she still fall into the "cluster feeding" phase at 8 mnths??
Also, I am trying to ween her off of breastfeeding, to give me small breaks but she is refusing the bottle & sipping cups. I have tried a vast amount of each, cheap, & expensive kinds yet nothing is working. Any suggestions would greatly help.
Hi, Ahda --
Thank you, Dana!