My DD just turned 3 mos, and she nurses like clockwork, every two hours. She usually only nurses from one side, although I always offer both and she is a fast eater, usually only nursing about 5mins. When I offer the other side she often acts as though she is hungry and attempts to latch, but not really seriously and often gets distracted or just repeated puts her mouth on the breast without sucking.
i never thought it was an issue until talking to some other Moms about her chronic short (30 min) naps, they suggested perhaps she wakes bc she constantly needs to eat. It was suggested to me that at this age she should be able to go longer between feedings and perhaps she is not getting enough to eat, or that I should pump a little to give her more hind milk to stay full. If she stayed fuller longer, she might sleep more and thus be happier...
My biggest concern here is that she is getting what she needs in food, and sleep. In regards to food, she seems fine, gaining weight nicely but for sleep she is a constant tired mess, rubbing her red eyes, crying and overtired. Thoughts on the amount of nursing for this age, the connection with naps, etc?
She usually gives me a 4 hr chunk of night sleep, followed by a second 3 hr stint before returning to a two hour schedule. Any suggestions on things to change? Or is this all just normal?