My 6 week old son normally eats every 3hrs and nurses for about 10-15minutes on each breast. We had somewhat of a schedule going where he would nurse every 3 hours at night, sometimes if I'm lucky I'll get a 4hr stretch. The past week I've noticed he only eats a small amount in the middle of the night (around the 2-3am feeding), he might suckle for 5-10 mins max on one breast and falls right back to sleep. I've tried everything to wake him back up to finish nursing (diaper changing, cold cloth, tickling feet, talking, turning on lights, etc...) basically nothing works so I put him back in his crib, he then wakes up again 1-2hrs after to nurse again because I'm assuming he didn't eat enough.
Last night he did a 4hr stretch between feedings from 930-130am (hooray). He didn't eat much at the 1:30 feeding and woke up again around 2:45ish to nurse again, suckled for about 5 mins then woke up again around 4, then 5, this cycle continued until about 6am. He definitely doesn't have his day's and nights mixed up because he refuses to be put down during the day and can't fall asleep for a nap without being rocked to sleep or held, but at night when I put him in his crib he falls asleep on his own. Any suggestions on how to try and correct this behavior? I've tried giving a pacifier, rocking and white noise at the 2-3am feeding to see if he really just needs to suckle instead of nurse but that doesnt seem to work! Maybe this is just a phase he will grow out of soon, I just feel like we've regressed in the sleep department!
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!!