My baby is 8 weeks old tomorrow, and for the past 2 weeks things have changed with his feeding and sleeping. Normally, he sleeps for 3 hours at a time at night, waking to feed for 10-20 minutes, for 12-15 hours a night. During the day, he normally feeds every 1-2 hours for 10-20 minutes, and has 1 long nap during the day.
Lately, he has been sleeping SO much. He has a long nap during the day of 3-4 hours, and naps constantly for 45mins to an hour after each feeding. He doesn't seem interested in feeding as much, and comes off the nipple and screams, then roots around frantically as if he is starving. So, I put him back on the nipple only to repeat the whole process...until I give up and put him to sleep. It seems as though there is something wrong with my milk, though during the night, and sometimes during the day, he feeds perfectly, so I'm at a loss. Perhaps he genuinely just isn't hungry.
His bowel movement have changed over the past 2 weeks, from bright yellow runny scrambled egg consistency occuring 2-3 times a day, to the now sloppy, dark orange, smelly poop occuring once or twice a day every 2 days.
He is sleeping great at night now, with one long stretch for 4-6 hours, and then another two 3 hour stretches. I'm just worried that he isn't eating enough, due to the lack of interest during the day. He probably feeds once or twice during the day for a decent feed of 20 - 30 minutes, but all other times he just seems so frustrated, that I've ended up rocking him to sleep and he goes down for 3 hours. I then have to wake him to feed, as I worry that it's been too long due to the bad feeding before he fell asleep.
Regardless, he seems to be gaining well. Was 6 lbs 14 oz at birth, and is now 11 lbs 10 oz. He is healthy (I think), and alert. Just starting smiling, and is a joy most of the time (except for the witching hour between 5pm and when he finally falls asleep at night).
I'm hoping that someone can shed some light on this screaming, rooting but not eating for more than 2 minutes situation.
Grateful for any advice you can offer!