I have no idea what took me so long to find these forums, but I'm so happy to be here among like-thinking moms. My first baby is 9 months old. We EBF for 6 months, at which point we had a total of 8 teeth, so we started some purees and some degree of BLW. I have never had an issue with supply, in fact, had some degree of oversupply and an overactive letdown. As of last week we were BFing every 4 hours around the clock--so 6 or 7 sessions/24 hours + 3 "solid" meals. This doesn't sound like a lot after reading a lot of the postings here. But, he was happy! And I was totally fine with the nighttime feedings. B goes to sleep in his crib to start the night and then at his first waking (usually 4 hours later) we have been co-sleeping the rest of the night.
This week is a total change... he is waking every 2 hours (sometimes every 90 minutes) and is completely inconsolable until he is nursed. This feels like a huge leap backwards to me. I know I have been spoiled with the every 4 hour feedings. I guess I'm wondering what the issue could be--oh, if they could only tell us! Or if there even IS an issue? I do suspect that we are getting even more teeth--maybe molars at this point? We have had some ear pulling (infection ruled out) and lots of chewing again. Anyone have experience with molars being this terrible??? Is there a 9 month growth spurt? Is he starving?? And, of course, I'm even questioning my supply at this point. Again, he seems content during the day. I work part-time (2 full days a week) and his bottle intake has actually dropped off a bit (he was taking 3 bottles while I was gone, now I only miss 2 feeds and he has been drinking 4-5 ounces each time).
The logical side of my brains knows that this is a phase and it will pass. Just like I'm reading all the posts from moms with babies at 3 months and 6 months and thinking, oh, I remember that... it goes away. And I know that he is waking for a REASON. The other side of me hears other parents and my pediatrician saying "he doesn't need to eat at night at his age. It's separation anxiety. You are creating the situation. Blah, blah, blah." And while I know it's blah, blah, blah, I would certainly prefer the twice nightly feeds to the every 2 hour thing. Like back in the newborn days! sigh. I certainly am trying to do what's best for my B. It's so discouraging though to feel like I've come so far only to be back to the beginning. And with very little support. I'm not interested in trying to wean until at least 1 year, but if he IS this hungry should I be giving more solids? I've tried nursing more frequently during the day lately and while he does nurse, he doesn't really seem interested and it hasn't stopped the nighttime waking. I guess that should answer my question that he isn't really hungry probably just needing comfort feeds, yes?
Oh yeah, and he is gaining weight, although it has slowed since we're so busy trying to move. Diapers are wet and messy appropriately.
Thanks for any thoughts/commiseration/words of wisdom. It is most appreciated.