I've been debating about whether or not to post this, but I can't get it off my mind & sort of need to vent a little...so here goes...
DD is 5 months old (tomorrow) & EBF. She mostly nurses but takes bottles of EBM while I'm at work or otherwise away from her at feeding time. She eats 6-7X per day. From 3 mos til the last week or so she rarely nursed at night (she sleeps in her crib in her own room). For the last week - 10 days she has been waking up a lot at night & nursing usually at least once. She eats just from one side, usually about 8-10 min or so, but she's pretty sleepy. She probably gets 3-4oz from that feeding. I think she may also be teething (she's been clamping down on me a lot - no teeth yet tho thank goodness!) & was pretty gassy for a few of those nights. All those are reasons that I think she's been waking up more at night.
DH and I have lost a lot of sleep in the last week (she almost always needs to be rocked back to sleep when she wakes up) & everyone is telling us that if we start giving her solids she'll sleep thru the night. I'm not buying it...I've heard conflicting things about that & I don't think that's a good reason to start solids. She doesn't really have any of the signs of "solids readiness" (according to KellyMom site). Our pedi told me to start rice cereal w/her around 5 months, so I was planning to start it soon, but I was hoping to wait til she was closer to 6 months. My gut feeling is that she's not quite ready, but maybe it's more that I'm not quite ready, KWIM? Her weight gain has slowed (birth was 6.14, 9.6 @ 1mo, 12.2 @ 2mo, 14.3 @ 4mo), so maybe she does need a little extra something? She's also gotten way more active in the last month or so, so I think that's why her weight gain has slowed. She's a happy, bouncing girl & seems perfectly satisfied after nursing. She usually goes 2.5-3hrs between feedings.
Anyway, my MIL watches her for us on Mondays & this last week she just kept saying stuff about solids (DD was not even officially 5 months yet)...it was driving me nuts & really making me question what I'm doing. She was a pediatric nurse but did not really breastfeed herself, so I'm not sure how much she really knows about BF babies. I was tired & put on the spot, so I didn't explain my reasoning as well as I could have, but I hate feeling like I have to explain/defend what I'm doing. She's not the only one, my parents & others have said the same thing about solids.
So...finally getting to my actual question...should I start the rice cereal sooner rather than later? Will it actually help her to sleep better? Is the night waking really a sign that she's not getting enough to eat?
So sorry this is so long...just needed to vent a little I guess. Like I said, this has been bugging me all week. Just want to do what's best for my baby girl...
Thanks to anyone who read this whole thing!