My gorgeous adorable daughter is 24 weeks old. She'll be 6 months on the 24th, just 11 days away. I feed her EBM in a breastfeeding style and I still haven't given up on having some sort of nursing relationship one day (in spite of HORRIBLE Lactation Consultant advice at 4 days old...) Emily used to wake up like clockwork between 1am and 2am and again around 5am to be fed. I keep a cooler bag with 2 bottles of breastmilk (she's not picky about the temperature) by the bed and just reach in and feed her without disturbing either of us too much - just as if we were night nursing. I would then sit up in bed and pump to keep providing the EBM while my prolactin levels are highest. This worked great because we go to bed between 8 and 9pm and I can get a 5-hour chunk of sleep and then a few more before I have to get up at 5.
For about the last week or so, she's been waking MULTIPLE times at night - sometimes as early as 10pm to eat again, even when I just fed her moments before lying down for the night. This is destroying my sleep and I seriously barely make it to work alive (never on-time anymore) because I have a long drive through a barren desert to get to work each morning when it's barely light out.
Is this her way of letting me know she's ready for solids? I wasn't going to even try until 6 months (depressing, really, because I know solids are part of the weaning process and I feel like we never got the chance we needed to breastfeed, so anything associated with weaning seems sad to me...) and I've read that starting them doesn't necessarily help with sleeping through the night anyway!
I know she doesn't have a true metabolic need to eat during the night now, but she used to take each bottle ant these regular intervals and now she wants an ounce, maybe 2 every hour or so all night long... HELP!!