Re: EBF 4.5 months old - drying up? Formula?
You can't overfeed a breastfed baby from the breast, so if you happen to have a baby who is content to nurse less often than every 3 hours during the day, there is no harm in offering to nurse more often than that! For most babies, feeding on demand results in the baby eating much more frequently than every 3 hours. Nursing more during the daytime hours might help cut back on nighttime waking- the more calories baby gets during the day, the less she may require at night.
The link you sent states that one should not feed on a schedule but only on demand. I had been feeding her every three hours if she was crying for it or not.
Have the nanny try to hold baby off from feeding for at least an hour before you come home. She can rock her, swing her, take her outside, offer a pacifier- as long as baby is somewhat hungry during your lunchtime visit, she should be willing to nurse.
But how do I work around non-scheduled feeding and going home for a feed during lunch?
Sharing a bed with a baby is safe as long as it is done safely. That means:
My LO actually used to sleep in our bed which worked fine, but gave us not much privacy and again everyone around me advised that I at least get her into her own cot in our room also to forecome her from rolling over onto her stomach on a mattress that is not suited for babies. A friend of ine told me a freak story of a 4months old rolling over and suffocating.
- Bed should be free from large gaps between bed and headboard or bed and wall into which baby can fall and become entrapped.
- Bed should be fairly firm. No waterbeds!
- Bed should be free of mounds of soft bedding, including pillow-top mattress covers.
- Baby should not be overdressed.
- All adults who share the bed should be non-drinking, non-smoking, and non-drug using.
- Co-sleeping should never occur on upholstered chairs/couches, since those surfaces tend to have gaps which are just right for baby to roll into.
When it comes to "privacy" in the adult bed, I encourage you to think about ways to have intimate time with your partner that isn't in the bed. When I was co-sleeping with my younger daughter, my husband and I tended to go to the guest bed for fun, non-sleep related activities!
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