Re: lost here, need guidance/reassure desperately
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on making it through the first few months of nursing, and some unusually difficult circumstances!
It sounds like you were okay with your LO's habits until the LC put a bug in your ear regarding your milk supply. I wish she hadn't done that! Waking 7-8 times a night is pretty extreme, but it's also normal. Babies wake frequently at night and need to nurse at night for several reasons. The first, and most obvious, is hunger. The second is that babies have shorter sleep cycles than adults, they transition more easily into light sleep, and they are often woken by teething and developmental milestones like rolling or learning to sit up- babies will do those things in their sleep. Once they rouse, they usually need help in order to go back to sleep, and for a nursing baby, help = nursing. Nothing soothes like the breast.
All the night feeding you're doing is terrific for supply, and your nighttime generosity will be helpful once you're back at work. The night feedings should help your daytime pump output, and if you have trouble pumping- and some moms do, regardless of their supply- your baby's nighttime feedings may mean she needs less milk in her bottles during the day.
Regarding pumping, it sounds like you have sufficient break time to pump every 2-3 hours, and once you're pumping instead of nursing you should have better results than when you were pumping in addition to nursing. Some questions for you:
- what sort of pump do you have?
- how does pumping feel?
- do you have a freezer stash at this point? And if so, how much is in it?
- does your baby take a bottle, or has she taken one recently?
4-5 month old babies are notorious for having erratic sleep patterns, in particular because teething is usually going strong by that point. You want to be aiming to get your LO into bed and into her first stretch of nighttime sleep at a more or less consistent time, and you also want to make sure her morning wake-up time and nap times are both routine and responsive (sometimes a baby won't need sleep at her "usual" time). Beyond that, there's nothing much you can or should be doing- just roll with it and try to remember than no matter how frustrating things are right now, your LO is going to change everything o ER and over again in the next months.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; January 12th, 2013 at 02:59 PM.
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