My son is 19 weeks old. We have been having difficulty getting him to sleep at night. He will nurse constantly in the evening for hours. He would nurse, fall asleep while nursing, then wake up and hungry again about 30 min later. This goes on for 2-4 hours. The other night he didn't go down to sleep til after midnight. He falls asleep less often while taking a bottle, so last night he got 4 ounces of breast milk and 2 ounces of formula. We have been giving about 2 ounces of formula per day because I either pump just enough at work or about 2 ounces short. Normally we give it in a mixed bottle (2 ounces of each) earlier in the evening but last night decided to give 2 ounces bm then 2 ounces formula. He wouldn't nurse afterwards but was definitly hungry and could barely keep his eyes open, so I gave another more expressed breast milk to him. He drank a little over an ounce in a 2 ounce bottle. I think he didn't want to breast afterwards because he was too tired to work at it. He fell asleep much easier and bedtime routine took about an hour rather than 2-4 hours. For about 2 weeks, he had been sleeping through the night 7-9 hours. Now, he is waking twice a night. Last night he went to bed at 915, woke up at 130, nursed and went back to sleep, woke up at 415, nursed til 435, went back to sleep for 30 min, woke up nursed, then took 1.5 ounces from a bottle (my husband had to give him a bottle because I had to get ready for work). He then was wide awake and didn't go to sleep til 645 am.
My questions are:
1. Are his wakings at night normal? I only ask because he got into a routine and now it is different.
2. He has adequate amount of wet and poopy diapers. At least 6 wets per day and 1-4 poopy per day. I am still concerned if he is getting enough because he is hungrier than before.
3. Could this be a growth spurt? He is a little past 4 months but he also had a growth spurt at just before 3 months which lasted about a week.
4. We also just started oatmeal this week. He is very interested, tries to help with the spoon, does very well with it and shows signs of wanting more but also won't take more than he wants. Should I mix with breastmilk instead of water to help with calories? I originally started with mixing with water because with a borderline supply, I didn't want to "wast" breastmilk. But if adding breastmilk instead of water, would it help him from not being so "hungry? while at the same time be more nutritious.
Sorry for the long post. I hope I got all the details straight.