My son is 7.5 months old and our daytime nursing sessions are extremely brief (1-2 min). He will nurse for 15-30 seconds, then push me away, nurse for another 15-30 seconds and repeat. I offer the breast before and after his naps (pretty much every hour or 2 it seems). I nurse in our quiet, dark bedroom in bed, side lying and will change up positions when he starts fussing and whining.
He nurses a good long while before bed and will drain both breasts. I estimate that he is getting at least 5-6 ounces or more based on at least what I can pump when I feel that full. He wil usually nurse 1-2x a night, also taking in quite a bit of milk.
I am working part time so my babysitter will give him 12 ounces of milk when I am at work plus 1 meal of solids. So on my days at work, he seems to be getting plenty of milk but he still wakes up 1-2x to nurse. Does this mean he needs more milk during the day? So many of the new moms I know all have babies who sleep 12 hours a night uninterrupted! I know BF isn't all about nutrition but I am so tired, not having slept more than 4 hours of continuous sleep. Is it realistic to expect my son to sleep longer stretches than 4-5 hours at this stage? Is he waking up from hunger or comfort? Should I not feed him when he wakes up at night, which is what I do automatically?
My son has no weight gain issues- he's about 22 pounds and 30 inches at 7.5 months. He is EBF and has been getting a little bit of solids in the past 2 months.