Zoha - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )
I have a 4 month old and I originally started out with a 2 1/2 hour feed per my doctor's request. I would feed, play and then sleep. This was when he would only stay up an hour to and hour and half. Then he would sleep for and hour to an hour and half. Then as he got older, he would stay up longer, an hour to 2 hours. he still seems to stay on that same feeding schedule which means he only takes half hour naps! He also doesn't seem to take a big feeding after a nap. It is almost like he would rather not eat, for fear that he may fall back asleep. This explains why he only eats for 5 minutes off of one breast and can only last for 1/2 hour naps. This is not enough nap time!! I recently started feeding before naps to see if there was a difference and he eats WAY MORE!! He east from both breast!! He is also taking longer naps. An hour to 2 hours. However, I am still feeding him after he wakes up too ( granted, it is only for 5 minutes!). so that makes his feeding time, like every 2 hours. Shouldn't he be eating every 3-4 hours at this age? Should I drop the after wake up feed? It looks to me , however, now that he is used to this, he looks to be fed after he wakes up ( out of habit). Not sure why my doctor suggested I feed him after he wakes up and not before he goes to sleep. I think she wanted him to have good sleeping habits and not allow the breast to become his crutch for falling asleep. At night we feed him the bottle and put him down half awake to sleep and up until last week ( before the feeding experiment) he was going to sleep more or less on his own and it wasn't like I was feeding him then. But Id don't want to start a bad habit either. So what do i do? Feed before and after? Feed only after and deal with him not eating too much? Switch to bottle and see how much he eats ( he eats more from a bottle anyway)? Feed when he wakes up and then a half hour from then again? Feed only before he goes to sleep? Ahhhh...so many options? What do I do?! What is an appropriate 4 month old feeding schedule???