Hi, my DS is 5 months old. He is breastfed while I'm at home and gets pumped bottles while I'm at work. I work about 30-35 hours/week and my own mom watches DS while I'm gone. I'm lucky to have an abundant milk supply and am able to pump way more than DS ever drinks during the day. On average, if I'm gone for 6-7 hours, DS will take somewhere between 3-6 oz from the bottle while I'm gone (Mom usually feeds him 2 or 3 times during the 6-7 hours I'm gone). During that time, I pump twice for about 30 min. each time and usually get 15-16 oz. I don't mind the oversupply, it doesn't seem to be causing any problems for DS or me.
Since DS eats so little during the day while I'm gone, he wants to nurse basically non-stop from the time I get home around 4pm until bedtime around 8:30 to make up for what he didn't eat during the day, and then wants to nurse 3 or 4 times during the night. I'm flattered that he prefers me over a bottle, but I'm also getting exhausted. We do co-sleep for part of the night. I put him down in his crib, but usually bring him into bed with us when he wakes for the 3rd time around 3-4am and keep him there until morning. Once in bed, he nurses pretty much nonstop. Sometimes I can sleep ok with him nursing, sometimes not. DH complains that he isn't getting any sleep with this arrangement either.
I'm happy that my little boy prefers nursing over a bottle and obviously I want to keep it that way, but at the same time I am exhausted. I feel like if he ate a little bit more during the day with my mom, he wouldn't need to get all his calories in during the evening and at night and everyone would get a little more rest. I understand that it's normal for babies to wake multiple times at night and I don't expect that he will sleep through the night anytime soon, but if he could wake 2 times at night instead of 4 that would be fantastic.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to get a breastfed baby to take a bottle better during the day, so he doesn't have to nurse quite so much at night? Thanks in advance!