Re: Night feedings
It's totally normal for a breastfed baby to start waking more often in the 3-4 month age range. The beginning of teething, the baby working on some major developmental milestones, and some big growth spurts all combine to produce more need for food and comfort at night. When mom is back at work, the baby is also likely to use the nighttime to reconnect with her. So even if you do get your baby to feed for >5 minutes at a time or on both breasts, there's still no guarantee that you'll get longer sleep stretches out of him.
If this were my baby, I'd do the following:
- Read Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" for a look at what is normal, when it comes to infant sleep, and for some suggestions for gentle ways to get your baby to sleep longer and more independently
- Nurse as much as possible in the evenings, when you come back from work- it might fill your baby's needs for food/closeness for long enough that you get single longer sleep stretch
- Go to bed with the baby- which I know is lame because I am sure you could use some "me" time in the evenings, but sometimes it pays to make sleep your priority
- Sleep in close proximity to the baby so that night wakings are less disruptive
- Turn your clock to the wall- it sounds silly, but night wakings are more disruptive when you know exactly how short your sleep intervals are
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"