DD (5 & 1/2 months) is starting to sleep through the night more consistently. Which most people think is great. However, as a working mom, I enjoyed feeding her at night. Our previous schedule was to feed at least 3 times, sometimes 4, between when she went to bed (around 8:00pm) & when she woke up (around 6:00am). Now she seems to be sleeping through all but one feeding.
What do you think of waking her to eat during the night (up to 3 times)? I am thinking of doing because:
A) I'm away from her for 9-10 hours per day, 5 days a week. I want to nurse her as much as humanly possible when we're together to help foster the nursing relationship (it is REALLY important to me that we make it a year).
B) When she eats more at night, she doesn't eat as much during the day. I'm able to pump more than she eats most days which helps the freezer stash grow. When she doesn't eat as much at night, I'm barely able to keep up with her.
C) I'm terribly engorged & in pain by the time she wakes up to feed. I don't want it to effect my supply, so I usually end up pumping too, which I would prefer not to (I'd rather she get it from nursing, not a bottle whenever possible).
D) This one makes me feel selfish, but I miss her. I know it's important to help her learn good sleeping skills, but I hate being away from her all day & love the moments we get to share at night.