I wondered if anyone could give me some advice please. My son is 3 months old and was 5 weeks early. Prob weighs nearly 9lb now. He has always had days when he just doesn't seem to feed very enthusiasticly and we had a couple of weeks where he only put on 4 oz/week and was looking thin. After that I made a special effort to feed longer and made sure he had both breasts etc and it seemed to get better. He was then feeding for longer (1/2 - 1h), settling better, going for about 3h between feeds and having one good feed of about an hour at night (after settling about 9 or 10pm). He also put on 8oz in a week. However, it only lasted for about a week and he started to not feed for very long again and didn't seem keen to feed. This lasted for a few days then I had a few good days. Today he has been feeding (sucking- I don't have enough milk for him to drink nonestop all day!!) all day but settled at 7pm (unusually early). Last night he woke at 1.30 and 4.30 but didn't seem that hungry either time.
I haven't weighed him this week but he looks healthy. Why this yo yo? Am I leaving him too long between feeds thus downregulating milk? On the "good" weeks my breasts feel fuller before feeding. I try not to leave him longer than 3-4h between feeds but he will go 5h in the night some times. It's hard sometimes to limit time between feeds because some feeds go on for ages. Also, if I try to feed more frequently he is sometimes doesn't appear hungry. He has always been a bit of a sleepy feeder, as prems often are I guess.
Should I try to feed more frequently? What about night feeds- if he doesn't feed well at night will it effect my supply? How often should he feed at night? I could just do with a bit more consistency, I am tired and have 2 other children who are getting their poor little noses pushed out!