Re: Frequency of Nursing--4 month old
I agree with mercystreet. I wouldn't say those other moms are going "too long" at all. Maybe their babies only want to nurse every 3-4 hours. And I don't blame them for being relieved about it. But that doesn't mean YOUR baby doesn't still need to nurse every 2 hours or that you're doing anything wrong by continuing to meet her needs. Feeding on demand means paying attention to your baby and feeding him or her when he needs it.
And there isn't likely to be a long gradual decrease in nursing frequency as your baby gets older, either. Frequency will go up and down depending on what's going on in her/your life- teething, illness, major developmental milestones, vacations, changes in routine, return of your fertility, are ALL completely normal causes of changes in nursing patterns. So those moms whose babies are nursing less are likely to see it fluctuate. Yet another reason it works best to feed on demand, meeting babies' needs even when they change.
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