My DS is going to be 3 months at the end of this month. He was born at full term (9.5 lbs) and was great at learning to nurse. My DD (now almost 2yo), BFed for 14 months and she was also a very enthusiastic nurser. However, she did lots of feeds throughout the day and slept a straight 8 hours starting at 5 weeks of age. Now, my DS is approaching 3 months of age and he may have only once or twice gone longer than 2 hours without a feed.
So, now I'm feeding this little dude EVERY.TWO.HOURS.24.HOURS.A.DAY?!? Here's a few additional important tidbits:
- He got a bad cold a few weeks back (heartbreaking) and my supply dipped as he wasn't eating as much. It's since gone back up as his appetite has returned.
-I returned to work over a month ago. I pump and he bottle feeds well about 12-20 ounces in a 7 hour day.
- He has been consistently waking every 2 hours since he was a newborn, no increase or decrease.
- I've read Pantley's books with my daughter.
I recently read a BabyCenter article about 3-6 months old that said that most babies drop most of their nighttime feeds by 3 months of age. What?!?!? We need to get up to speed! He has not dropped a SINGLE feed AT ALL since he was born! Besides, I get zero sleep at night and still have to teach 60 kids the next day. I asked our pediatrician if it was wise to start sleep training. She explained that when he was in the womb he did not experience the sensation of hunger and since he is fed every 2 hours, he also is not really experiencing it that much. So, she says that my DS will be mad, but I can limit his nighttime feedings to every 3 hours to start with. We were going to try it this weekend. What do you guys think?