how much should my baby be eating...

Kay - posted on 02/01/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter just turned 5 months old. The past week I've decided to establish more of a schedule, as I've always just fed/let her nap on demand. I work full time and pump, but BF when I'm home with her. I've been feeding her cereal or fruit followed by a nursing session before bed. Our schedule is something like this:
Wake 6:45-7
Nurse 7am
Nap 8-8:30
5oz bottle 10:30
Nap 12:00
5oz bottle 1:30
Nap 2:30
5oz bottle 4:30
Awake until bed time unless she needs a half hour catnap to make it (around 5-5:30)
2.5oz of fruit mixed with some rice ceral at 7pm
Nurse 7:15
Bedtime routine 7:15-7:30

Problem is she has been waking up 2-3 times a night wanting to eat. I'm struggling to know if I need to push back her bedtime which I don't really want to, or obviously feed her more during the day which would require more solids (when??) or supplementing since I can barely keep up with the 25 oz she eats in a day. Also I usually have to wake her at 7am in order to leave for daycare on time. I take this as a sign she is tired!! And shouldn't be waking up 3 times a night! Any suggestions?


Gwen - posted on 02/01/2013




My daughter went through a growth spurt around 5-6 months and wanted to eat 3 times a night. I wouldn't move around the schedule at this point. Just try giving her the extra feedings for a week or so and see if she levels back off. The more she nurses, the more milk your body will produce.

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