Okay, here's my dilemma - I had a problem similar to this about two months ago.
My little baby son will be 12 weeks old this coming Tuesday. He is weighing in around 15 lbs. About two months ago, I was having issues with marathon feeding sessions with him. Now the problem isn't so much long feedings but frequent feedings. We're talking every hour for forty five minutes at a stretch. Then he'll fall asleep (very often he falls asleep while nursing) for maybe fifteen or twenty minutes, and when he wakes up, he'll be active and play for five minutes, and then he's screaming for food again.
I know they go through growth spurts around this time. I'm honestly not worried about my milk supply, because even after he finishes nursing, I still have enough to pump. He's having good bowel movements and wetting his diapers.
What I'm worried about is the fact that when he nurses every single hour like this, I can't get anything done. At all. I had to go back to work a few weeks ago, and luckily I can work from home, but when I'm nursing him all day, I can't be working at the computer AND feeding him. If I take twenty minutes for a meal break for myself or even two minutes to run into the kitchen and get a drink of water, he will scream until he is red in the face. My poor husband has been doing all the housework, and I mean ALL. Dishes, laundry, cooking, taking care of the dogs, chicken and fish...
My mother in law keeps telling me I need to start him on solid food. I tried that two months ago, and it was HARD. He screamed until he was red in the face when I tried to give him some very dilute rice cereal. And honestly, I didn't see a bit of difference in his eating schedule on the rice cereal. I'm torn. I don't want to jump into the solid food thing prematurely, but this is a 15-lb twelve week old, and if I can't start getting some work done during the day, my husband and I are going to be in an even worse financial situation than we are in now with me out of work since December!!!
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions with how to deal with this? It's been doing on for over a week.
This morning I came seriously close to losing it, and said to hell with it, packed up my little boy and drove into town to go for a walk around the lake with a friend of mine. I wound up nursing my little boy in her office because he was just screaming his head off again for food!!!
I'd love to hear what anyone has to say! By the end of the day (like right now) I am just so tired, and since I am still recovering from my c-section, some nights every muscle in my abdomen just ACHES from sheer exhaustion. Has anyone else ever dealt with a huge baby with a huge appetite like this?