Ok, my DD turned 10 months old last Friday and we're having a bit of a change in our routine and wanted to see if it still sounds reasonable. Here is a sample of our schedule for the past few weeks:
7:15 am - feeding with mommy (1)
9 am - 10 am - nap
10 am - 4-4.5 oz from a bottle (2)
11 am - offer solids
12 am - 1 pm - nap
1 pm - 4-4.5 oz from a bottle (3)
3 pm - offer solids
4 pm - 4-4.5 oz from a bottle (4)
4:30 pm -5:30 pm - nap
5:30 pm - feeding with mommy (5)
7 pm - offer solids
8:30 pm - feeding with mommy, then go to sleep (6)
2 am ish - feeding with mommy (7)
So we had 7 bm feedings and 3 solids feedings. She has had 7 feedings for a long time, since 3-4 months old and the solids feedings we've just been working on offering since she's be 7 months old.
Lately she's started to drop a couple feedings. Like a couple times after I got home from work she wouldn't want to eat the 5:30 feeding. I thought, no big deal, she just ate at 4, she'll get some solids, maybe she just wants that instead of milk. Now a couple times she's refused the 7:15 am feeding if her overnight feeding was closer to 4 am than 2 am. One day she refused both of those feedings and sometimes some of the other feedings have been hard, though she's never had less than 5 feedings in a day and only once did she only have 5. Her diaper output is still good, but she does get water with her solids.
Her method of refusal is just to not lie still to nurse and if I persist in offering she'll bite me. Sometimes a distraction like stopping to change a diaper and then settling back in to nurse will work, but not always.
I'm guessing this is normal. Should I worry if she's only getting 5 or 6 feedings a day? I would never refuse to feed her if she wanted it, but other than the middle of the night feeding, she really never "demands" to nurse. We're having some teething issues, but I don't think that is what is causing the refused nursing sessions. Sometimes she's in a very very good mood and just doesn't want to nurse. It's just harder to respond to these schedule fluctuations when I'm pumping at work and not at home with her.
I've worked so hard at this nursing thing I don't want to mess things up now!