Re: Feeling overwhelmed. lots of questions. LONG, SORRY
with the PP. Why do people make such a big issue out of sleep? Do they not know that it's NORMAL for babies to wake at night? And why do they think it's their business to give a nursing mom unsolicited advice on how to feed her child? That's like someone giving you advice on how to breathe. No-one knows more about doing it than the one who is doing it!
So I'd feel very free to give the advice-givers in your life a polite smile and a "You know, if I am really interested in your opinion, I will be sure to ask for it."
FTR, both my kid's woke and nursed at night until age 2. I figured that it was no-one's business but mine. As long as I was okay with it, why was anyone else concerned?
It's 100% normal for breastfed babies to nurse very frequently throughout the first year and into the second. For many babies, this means 10-12 nursing sessions per day, or even more. Frequent nursing is not a sign that your child needs bigger bottles: many breastfed babies take only 2-4 oz bottles throughout the entirety of their first year. Formula-fed babies, on the other hand, tend to take larger and larger bottles as time goes on, and you will see older ones sucking down 6-8 oz at a time. So don't base your ideas of what should be in a bottle based on what a formula-fed baby is drinking!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"