August 12th, 2015, 12:17 PM
I have three related (I think) questions/concerns with respect to feeding my son, and I'm looking for encouragement/tips. (Sorry this is so long)
Firstly, about us:
My son is 14 weeks old, and aside from some formula given in the hospital when he was born, he has been exclusively breastfed. He was born 7lb13oz, and is now 16lb3oz, so weight gain has been very good (at 1 week he was 11th percentile, he is currently 85th). No concerns there. I don't count how many diapers he has, but he has lots of wet ones, and several dirty ones a day (although see below, since one of my concerns is about his pooping).
During the day, he typically feeds around 6 times between 7am-7pm. We feed on demand, but it used to be every 3 hours and you could set your watch by it, but lately it's a little more all over the place. (I think the variation is starting to be driven by how long his naps are - some are getting longer and others shorter). At nights, he started sleeping through (7:30pm - 7am) about 2 weeks ago, and does it about half the time. The other half of the time he will wake around 4-5am for a feed. I don't do anything to encourage/discourage that, he just does what he does and I go along with it. When he first started sleeping through, I would wake up super engorged and in pain, but my body is starting to adapt to his new routine, although because he's not consistent, right now I get thrown off easily.
I'm not sure this part is relevant, but going back to the very beginning,...