We've been feeding on demand since day 1 and babygirl, who will be 8 months on Friday has either been nursing or taking a bottle (of pumped milk at daycare) every 2 hours. We introduced solids at about 5.5 months. She's getting 2-3 solid meals a day. She gets about 3 oz of poi (a Hawaiian starch, that has amazing nutritional value), 2.5 oz of veggies and 4 oz of yogurt. When at daycare, she's getting a total of 8 oz (I'm gone about 8.5 hours) - 2, 2 oz bottles and 1 4 oz bottle at the end of the day.
She's strong and developing well, except for her weight. Right now she's below 3rd percentile for weight and we've been adding olive oil to her solids and added the yogurt. This is appearing to help, as she's gained 5.5 oz in 5 days.
We've also struggled with sleep and have just hired a sleep consultant. Babygirl is completely co-dependent on me for sleep - she has to touch me to stay asleep and went from waking once a night for a feeding to waking 3 times or more around 4 months. The sleep consultant suggested extending the time between feedings and I'm not sure how to do that without having her think she's starving.
Any advice, experience and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! TIA!