I've been weaning my now 11wo from supplementation. I was giving her around 13oz a day when I began weaning, and am now giving around ~5oz during the day (with 1-3oz around midnight). Trying to do it gradual as per Kathy Kuhn's suggestion (http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basi...rease-formula/).
This is my progress: Two weeks ago I tried to cold turkey her from formula (as per suggestion from an lc over the phone) and I literally bf her ALL DAY with only minimum diaper output. She barely slept at all unless she was bfing in my arms while I was pacing, and her sleep was so light that any movement or noise woke her. Also, if I tried to cluster feed her without formula around that time it was misery... seven or more hours of crying and almost constant nursing with a big finale at night.
Now I can breastfeed her and she'll actually go to sleep. I try to give formula only when she seems really fussy from not being able to nurse to sleep from the slow flow. Thing is, I'm able to breastfeed her for about ten or so minutes. She gets about a four hour block of sleep at night and then I'll wake to feed her. Then I try to dreamfeed her every two hours after that (or I used to pump). Around 5 o'clock or so she'll begin to go into a feed/nap cycle where she'll feed every 45 min to an hour. This lasts until night time. I still give her formula at night... I think out of fear more than anything.
My question was this: Should I be giving her more formula? She's thoroughly wet and leaked through four Indian prefolds today, as is per usual for the past few days. She sleeps after I nurse her most times... which she never was able to do before. I know that babies sometimes sleep through their hunger (which she used to do when little), so I fear that I'm starving her. Is there any indicator besides wets and weight that I'll know she's eating enough? One of my concerns is that she gives hunger signs A LOT. I've figured out that sometimes it's hunger, sometimes it's to nurse to sleep (I bf no matter what it is). She doesn't really have any non-hunger sign awake times unless someone else is carrying her and she seems distracted for a while. Is it normal still for her to just eat and sleep? I would like to have some time where I can play with her for longer than five minutes... does that come later? Also, she'll be fine and distracted with someone else, then she'll see me and begin crying to nurse. Normal? Does someone understand what's going on?
Also, right now she's napping in my lap after I bf her. This was unheard of at this time of night two weeks ago.