Ariana - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am a 19 year-old single mother of 1, working full time. My daughter will be 5 months old on the 10th of this month. Since she was about 2 months old, she has only woken up once in the night to eat, and then sleeps well afterward, as long as she is in bed with me. But for the past week, she has been waking up every 2-3 hours wanting to eat. I was wondering if this is normal, or if maybe I should start her on a different formula (as I was unable to breastfeed). She has always eaten more than babies her age, but is very healthy. She eats cereal and baby food during the day just as I was instructed to feed her by my doctor, and I was also curious whether or not "overfeeding" her was possible. My mother has mentioned to me before that she thinks she is "too chubby" (she weighed 16lbs at her last check-up, and was 27in long). I don't really know what is and isn't "normal" for babies her age, and have no one to ask as my mother breastfed all of us and knows nothing about formula-fed babies. Our doctor says that she is just as healthy as any breastfed baby, so is it possible to overfeed? Should I be concerned about the change in her sleep pattern? Am I doing something wrong? If anyone has any thoughts or this has happened to them, please help.