I am exclusively pumping, and my baby is 5 weeks old. He eats about 3 - 4 ounces of breastmilk every 2 - 4 hours. What I am wondering is - in the middle of the night, I should wake him up to feed? When I swaddle him, he will sometimes sleep for 5 - 5.5 hours at a time. However, I get up about every 4 hours to pump. I am wondering if I should wake him when I get up to pump and feed him then, or wait until he wakes up on his own? It seems when he goes 5.5 hours, he wakes up absolutely famished. (Truth be told he often acts "famished", even when he eats a lot and frequently....) But I don't want to wake him unnecessarily either, especially if he is sleeping soundly. Should I wait feed him only when he wakes up?
I appreciate any comments or shared experiences. Thanks all!