Time between feedings at 3 mos.
I think I just need some reassurance that this is normal and will get better at some point.
All the literature and books say that my three month old (or he will be next week, rather) should be going about three hours between feedings and at night waking up only once to eat and otherwise sleeping for several hours at a stretch.
My DS instead still goes about two hours between feedings, and sometimes doesn't even wait that long, and he wakes up three times a night to eat: about 1am, 3am, and 5am (we put him to bed after feeding him around 9pm, and he wakes up around 6:30 for the day). A few weeks ago he was also waking up around 11pm but he,s thankfully dropped at least one feeding.
Also, he does NOT nap. :P When he does it's micronaps of fifteen minutes or so. Doesn't matter how much I pay attention to his sleep cues, he fights my attempts to get him to nap and prefers to catch cat naps at the breast during feeding.
He sleeps in a co-sleeper next to my side of the bed (bedsharing is not something we want to do). Is this kind of schedule something other people have experienced? The sleep book I'm reading says I should be trying to help him drop a feeding (or two, in our case) at night with various methods. I'm wondering if I'm too quick to pick him up at night and assume he's hungry (I wait until he actually starts fussing loudly) and I'm starting to question my ability to read his hunger cues accurately during the day, especially since he's recently discovered that putting his fist in his mouth is fun and not just when hungry.
First-time mom to Markus, August 17, 2011.