Re: Getting baby to eat more at a time
How frustrating! And also, how normal!
Breastfed babies often prefer and need to take in small amounts of milk very frequently. Baby tummies are tiny and breastmilk digests quickly. I know there are a lot of people out there who swear that babies need to eat larger, infrequent "meals" instead of "snacks" but the truth is that small, frequent meals (a.k.a. "snacking") is a normal and healthy eating pattern for babies and young children. It's why moms of toddlers don't leave the house without a bag of crackers in their purse!
Even if you could get your LO to eat fewer, larger meals, that's not a guarantee that she'd want to nurse less. It's quite possible that she nurses frequently because she's going through a growth spurt, or because she's teething, or because her reflux is troubling her (babies often outgrow their dosage of medication; when is the last time you had it adjusted?), or because she's going through a phase of separation anxiety and wants to feel connected to you- literally!- all the time.
I'd roll with this for a while. See if some teeth pop through. Take her to the doc and see if her meds need to be adjusted or if she has an earache or some other physical cause that it provoking the frequent nursing. And maybe work on the night waking- I suggest reading Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" for some useful tips and tricks- because if you get a good night's sleep the daytime demand will likely seem less exasperating.
I'd also review my birth control choices. Sometimes hormonal contraception, or pregnancy, can cause decreased supply and increased nursing.
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