Okay, so we're still here doing our thing. I am still spraying. [sigh] She's still refusing or latching on frantically and popping off multiple times, and then latching on after the spraying stops and it's just dripping and then popping off again. Mad there's no milk, mad when there is.
But I am just wondering about how many times I need to feed her. And about a baby's instincts in their sleep. These are the things I always wonder about while she's nursing.
She's six months old and doesn't sleep as much as she did, plus sometimes she wakes up as I'm nursing her or as I'm rolling her back to her bed. And sometimes something random happens like my toddler breaks through the babygate and comes crashing down the hardwood floor hall pounding "mama" on the door and the baby wakes up. And I am choking back tears and rage at both of them.
But anyway, sometimes she goes as much as six hours without a decent feed. Last weekend she went 7 hours without even a little bit of a feed. But I killed myself the rest of the day getting 8 nursings into her.
BUT she DOES NOT do this at night. At night I nurse her every 2 or 3 hours, so I don't sweat the long stretches during the day too bad. She's a little fussy and antsy when it happens, and it sucks because I have to wake up 3 times a night. But she's still exclusively breastfed, and many 6 month olds are waking up that often again anyway, so I try to have the right attitude.
My question tho is this. Are those long stretches of time during the day hurting her weight gain?? Our milk supply? She's more active during the day obviously, really active actually, so I worry she's burning through her day calories sometimes. And everything I read says that night nursing helps maintain your supply anyway. Is this anything to worry about? At all?
And the number of feedings... Lately, it's kinda hard to hit 8. :/
And if she runs purely on instinct in her sleep and at night, AND I've fed her as often as she'll let me during the day, can I let her just sleep as much as she wants at night? Or do I need to set my alarm and try to get 2 or 3 nursings into her between like 11PM and 6AM. Can you tell I'm sleep deprived??
It makes sense to me that if she's hungry she will wake up at night, right?? I mean, she's not a newborn anymore that will sleep through her hunger. Right? But then the panicky mom in me says, "nurse the baby, nurse the baby, she's gonna starve!!"
This baby makes me feel like I know NOTHING about nursing.
I'm getting ready to start solids and I don't know whether I'm relieved or anxious. With my 1st, I nursed her before every solid meal was offered and really tried to fill her up and didn't even start til she was 8 months old. Either some little calories of avocado will help take the edge off and maybe some of the pressure off her, or it will make her lose interest even more???
I really try not to pump, but every once in a while like last weekend when she went 7 hours, I did. I pumped at 3 hours on one breast and got 5 oz. in like 3 minutes. No wonder she hates nursing so much.
Please help me find my peace of mind again.