Hi all -
My DD is 6 months on 2/9, and I'm seeking advice on how to get her to nurse more at each feeding (for her own sake - I don't mind nursing her every 2 hours!) so that she's not hungry so often.
As a newborn, she had some acid reflux issues, so I started feeding her one breast only at each feeding, alternating back and forth. I had read that this was a good way to help with making sure they get all of the hindmilk.
At her 4 month well appointment, I felt like her pediatrician looked at me like I was crazy when I told her I nurse her every 2 hours, just one breast at a time. She said, "she should be empyting both breasts at each feeding and should be feeding every 4 hours." She also said that she should be sleeping through the night with no problem. We still have 2-3 night wakings between 7 and 7. I love our ped - but I was very frustrated when we left. (She did, however, say to hold off on solids until 6 mos, which we have done, which I was happy about.) She was ranked in the 50th percentile for her weight at 4 months (13 lb, 6 oz).
Now that she's older, she'll still only take one breast at each feeding. The challenge is - she's getting smaller meals more frequently. I know that's better for us adults - but I hate to see her get hungry so often. I'd love to be able to feed her more at each feeding.
Maybe this is just normal for our girl? I just want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make sure she's getting enough.
Any advice or suggestions would be so appreciated!