So, I tallied up the average number of times my 5-month-old nurses - it is something like 15 times in 24 hours! The reason I even counted is because lately, he has seemed uninterested in nursing when I offer it to him. This is especially the case with nursing to sleep, which he usually likes to do at night and for maybe 50% of naps. Well, lately he seems so frustrated trying to get to sleep - maybe because he is not hungry? In any case, he doesn't want to comfort-nurse, even when he is clearly very tired! He has even cried while nursing. Ack! Anyway, I've noticed that if I take a "break" and wait about 2.5 or 3 hours or so to feed him, he seems so much more satisfied. I've always nursed on demand, but I'm realizing that his needs have changed. Still, it feels weird to not be nursing him for 3 hours! I know other babies are okay going this stretch at his age, but in the past he's always nursed more frequently, so I am just a little nervous. Then it occurred to me that maybe he needs the hindmilk from longer feedings? Output, growth, and supply are all great, thankfully.
Thoughts? Advice? Both welcomed! Thanks so much!