Re: Breastfeeding & bottle feeding
Feeding frequency is much, much more important than feeding duration. Most babies need to feed a minimum of 8x per day in order to get their needs met, and many will feed far more often than that.
Yes my ped's office asks how long/often I nurse too.
IMO, nursing should always be the first mothering tool you reach for when your baby is fussy. If you offer and he declines, then you move on to some other soothing technique.
Do you think I should take a break if he's really fussy? I think he might not be interested in eating at the moment but also he might be mad because he's really hungry or something... I will definitely try to nurse him more often when I'm with him.
Bad advice! First, you know your baby better than the pediatrician, who sees him for 20 minutes every couple of months. If you think he's hungry when he wakes in the middle of the night, he probably is. Second, he is very young and he probably does need to nurse in the middle of the night. Third, you're working and that means that a lot of the time you're relying on the pump to maintain your supply. Every bit of nursing you do- especially of it's in the middle of the night!- will help you keep your workday pump output where it needs to be. Fourth, your baby will benefit from practice time at the breast. Night-nursing is a great way to get a fussy or distracted baby to nurse, since many babies will nurse better when they are relaxed and sleepy. Fifth, the concern that brought you here was a weight issue. Why on earth would the pediatrician want you to reduce the number of times your baby nurses when there is concern over his weight? Many babies take in a significant number of calories during their nighttime nursing sessions. And sixth, let's say you do night-wean your baby. Then what are you going to do when he wakes up because of teething or because he's mastering a new developmental milestone or because he's hungry? The dirty little secret of sleep training is that most people end up sleep training their babies over, and over, and over again. They have to face a crying baby in the middle of the night without their most valuable parenting tool: nursing.
I was also told by the pediatrician to start sleep training. He told me not to nurse when he wakes up in the middle of the night so he learns to fall back to sleep. But I'd think he should be hungry if he wakes up in the middle of the night...??
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