Re: Night Feeding--Ups and Downs am I doing the right thing?
Yes, you are absolutely doing the right thing by feeding him when he wakes at night. He's waking because he needs to eat. Feed him. I'd bet this is either a growth spurt or he's teething. Either way, he is letting you know he needs you in the only way he knows how. Your doctor's advice is parenting advice being disguised as medical advice and it is the kind of advice that has the potential to impact your milk supply and lead to early weaning. IMO he's doing you a great disservice.
There's no such thing as a 5 month old being unsatisfied with your milk. If there isn't enough milk there (which there is no reason to think that's the case) then the solution would be to nurse more to stimulate your milk supply to increase, not offer an alternative filler. At this point, and until your baby is a year old, solid foods will not provide adequate nutrition for your baby. Breastmilk or formula should provide the majority of a baby's nutrition until at least a year old.
Your baby's previous sleep schedule is the exception, not the rule. It is absolutely normal for babies this age to wake several times at night to nurse. It's also absolutely normal for their sleep patterns to change frequently during the first year. There are so many changes going on, so many factors that disrupt or alter their sleep patterns- growth spurts, teething, illness, developmental advances, really the only thing you can depend on is that whatever they're doing now...probably won't last long.
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