Re: How many feedings is normal for a 5 month old?
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How has your baby's weight gain been so far? 6 feedings per day is significantly lower than average for a baby who is exclusively breastfed. Most babies require at least 8 feedings per day in order to get all their needs met, and many require significantly more than 8. My kids, for example, nursed at least 12 times a day until they were at least a year old.
Milk supply is created and maintained by demand. The more often and more completely you empty the breast via nursing or pumping, the more milk you make. The less frequently or less completely you empty the breast, the less milk you make. So even though the night nursing sessions can be miserable, they are also usually important for maintaining a good milk supply. This is often especially true for working moms, who must rely on the pump for a lot of the time. Pumps aren't as good at maintaining supply as babies are, so allowing the baby unrestricted access to the breast outside of work can be instrumental to keeping a good milk supply going.
Increasing your baby's bottles to 6 oz might or might not buy you more sleep- a lot depends on your baby's temperament. But more sleep (i.e. less nighttime demand) might land you in a situation where your body isn't getting the stimulation it needs to continue making sufficient milk. So I wouldn't recommend trying it until a little further on down the line- not if maintaining a robust milk supply is a big priority for you.
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