Re: Still eating every 2 hours at 6 months... any suggestion
2-4 oz per feeding is a very normal amount for a breastfed baby to eat at a feeding. I know it seems like nothing, when you see formula-fed babies the same age scarfing down 6-8 oz bottles... But remember that breastfeeding is the biological norm- breastmilk digests perfectly, and breastfed babies self-regulate their intake and don't overeat the way bottle fed ones do. (Which may explain why breastfed babies are less likely to turn into obese kids/adults.)
1) Since she is still eating 8-10 times a day, there's a good chance shes taking less than 4 oz every time she eats. Does anyone have suggestions for her to eat more at once? I know we're not supposed to compare babies, but it seems like many of the mom's I read about have 6 month old babies that take 6 oz every 3-4 hours and though it probably ends up the same amount, it would make things a little easier for me.
I know that frequent feedings can be very draining for a mom, but believe: you're doing the right thing! And the frequency you're experiencing will not last forever, I promise. You've already made it to 6 months, and the breastfed babies typically nurse less frequently as time goes on and as solids enter the picture.
Being up just 3 times a night isn't excessive for a 6 month old. At that age my first was up 6-8 times a night, and my second was up 5-6 times a night. I'm not trying to brag (is there such a thing as reverse bragging?)- just to say that what you're experiencing is in the normal realm. And it will pass. Both my kids (6 and 2) sleep through the night now.
2) I don't expect her to be STTN at this age, but getting up 3 times a night to eat seems excessive at her age. I've read to "feed her more during the day so she doesn't need it at night" but at that point I'd be feeding her every hour. How can I drop a feeding at night when she is eating almost constantly during the day?
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