I have a 4.5 month old who is exclusively breast fed and growing very well.
He takes bottle when I'm at work (EBM).
He had been starting to eat a lot more at night, so my pedi suggested I feed him more during the day, so he eats basically every 2 hours. (Play, eat, nap, eat - cycles last from 3-4 hours depending on nap time, play time).
I am trying to get him to eat more from the breast, but he prefers to snack, eats 5-7 minutes, one side only, then maybe an hour later he is hungry for more, does the same thing. When I offer the second breast, he turns away, or latches then pops off, sometimes he cries, looks like he is hungry, eagerly latches, then pops off and whines. HE spits up with almost every feed and has good burps. This does not help him want to nurse more thought.
My nanny is giving him approximately 4 ounces before and after nap which takes him about 30 minutes to feed with a slow nipple, he doesn't fuss and usually does not want more than that.
Not sure what is going on or what to do. I am taking mothers milk plus and drinkin water and feel like my supply is good, I have pretty good let down. Sometimes he coughs because it comes out too soon. Not sure if it is reflux, he doesn't have a problem when he eats in the beginning, and he is thriving well.
Any advice to try and get him to feed well every 3-4 hours instead of snack? I've tried keeping him off for 3 hours and even then he snacks instead of eats a big meal. I'm going back to a different work schedule which will necessitate me to feed him very well in the morning and then leave for a long time, and I want to make sure this feed goes well!