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Old 07-09-05, 03:19 AM
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At almost 3 months, how often should my baby be nursing? I just feel like with him nursing less and less often, there's no way he can be getting what he needs. He's gaining weight and all that, but it just seems like when he does nurse, he's not getting down to "serious business" like he always used to-- he likes to look around and even stops nursing now to smile, coo, and laugh at me! On average, he nurses 6-7 times a day, but today he only nursed 5 times. He isn't acting hungry in between or anything.

Also, will he ever settle into a routine? Every time I think he's starting one, he changes it. I'm going to be going back to work at the end of August, so settling into some kind of routine (whatever that may be) is going to matter soon.

Any thoughts?
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Old 07-09-05, 08:12 AM
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Well, I can tell you that as long as he's gaining weight then he is getting enough to eat. Babies do become more efficient feeders as they grow so he may be getting all the milk he needs in 5 feeds now, where he used to need those extra two to get that amount because he wasn't as good at nursing or because he got tired faster, kwim? Also, the looking around, gurgling, smiling, that's normal - and it gets worse!
 
Enjoy it, it can be cute as well as frustrating at times!
 

As for the routine, the only thing I can say is that you need to start enforcing it if you want to start a routine. I have always followed my children's queues and that works for me, but other people need/want to do things differently. Try out various methods and see what works for you.
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Old 07-09-05, 12:20 PM
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They become much better eaters the older they get (unless they start out star eaters like my DS did... he was able to get more than enough milk in just a 5 minute nursing session from day 1 )

So, the fact that he's not taking as long to eat is actually a good thing. If he were hungry, he would not be dropping nursing sessions, and would probably not stop to coo and smile etc as much.
That cooing and smiling can get to be a problem. I had to remove myself from the action alot of times and go to a quiet room with no distractions if I wanted to keep my kids focused on the task at hand (nursing) This is the time that they really do get distracted easily...
That's not to say they will go hungry from distraction.. they won't. Mother nature and the instincts takes care of that.
 


As for the routine. Its up to you to establish the routine. Baby gives you the clues, but you need to 'inforce' them.
At 4 months of age, I started introducing solids, and your routine goes all to heck anyway.
 

it won't be long before your routine is something like this:
Wake
Nurse
Breakfast solids
play
Nap
Mid morning nursing session (later replaced by "snack time")
Play
Lunch & nurse
nap
Mid afternoon nursing (later to be replaced by 'snack time' )
play
Dinner & nursing session
play
Nurse
Bed
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Thanks... ok, I have more questions though. Right now, he wakes up anywhere from 5-6am to nurse. Then, he nurses again usually around 8-9am. Once I go back to work, I can nurse him anytime between 5:30-7:00am. However, I will NEED him to nurse at around 10 am, because that is when I will come see him at the babysitters on my break from school (and this time is not something I can change).
As it is now, he usually does:
5ish-6ish am and back to sleep
8:30ish and he'll usually nap around 11:00 till 12:00
12:00 noon and he'll nap from around 2-4
4:00 pm
6:00pm
8:00 pm and bedtime at 9-- and he sleeps through the night.
So how would I go about guiding him toward that (that 10am nursing session) now without having a starving baby? Thanks!
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Old 07-09-05, 11:01 PM
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well, I would nurse to "top off" at 7am since that's the latest you'll be able to nurse... then I would stall as long as I can while at home. An extra 5 minutes for a week and then another 5 minutes the next week.. to get them on a new schedule slowly.
You'll soon be introducing solids and if you give some cereal in the morning, it'll hold him off until 10am. There's no reason why he can't wait 3 hours inbetween meals if he needs to at that age.

If he can't adapt to a new schedule by a slow introduction,.... then you'll have to think about pumping and doing the bottle thing.

Also, the sitter could have the option of stalling with a bottle of water or really watered down juice until you do get there...
Juice is introduced around 4-6 months of age alot of times..
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