DS is 13 weeks, last week his feeding had settled from 2hourly to 3 to 4 hourly but since Friday he's gone. back to 2 hourly. He's also not sleeping as well at night. Could a growth spurt last 5 days or is this something else??
Is he being bf? At the risk of being flamed I reckon he's hungry (I don't understand why upping a bottle fed babies' feeds) or increasing his bm. if it's poss. is ok but not giving some pureed pear before his bedtime or whatever.
My 3 month old's feeding doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to it, some days he goes a long time between feeds but other times he wants to feed all day. Does he seem happy on the breast? I'd he still having plenty of wet nappies? If so maybe he just wants to feed for comfort. If you want to try to space out his feeds a little maybe try going for a long walk with the baby in a sling
Which is much easier said than done mrsmugoo when maybe you've got other children and a life to live. I gave my 3rd. L.O. fresh fruit puree at 3 months because he was chewing his fists fgs. after each feed, he's 27 and has no problems btw.
I appreciate having a baby on the boob constantly must be hard with more than one (I'm only on my first) but the OP wasn't asking about early weaning she was asking about more frequent feeding being due to a "growth spurt" and I'm just saying forget trying to give it a name, just give the milk that's asked for.
Personally I don't think early weaning is the answer for frequent feeding at that age, but yes it was the done thing in the 80s and we all lived to tell the tale.
I started weaning mine at 5.5 months hoping it might help with the near constant breastfeeding but he was still breastfeeding 2 hourly til gone 7 months.
It's just a fashion. For the life of me I can't see why in the 1st world it's better to have to keep them on formula ( I understand keeping them on the breast if you can manage it, though our GD was allergic to her mothers' milk) as opposed to fruit after 3 months, it's weird.
There is fibre and plenty of vitamins in fruit, I'm not talking pre prepared fruit just slightly mashed pear, I'm not suggesting they go without ANY milk. Cows milk has too much protein (the protein molecules are too large for the human gut) witness all the allergies in everyone .
I'm old and was given solids earlier than 3 months; I'm healthy because I follow a healthy diet now. How come so many babies are so ill if the late weaning is so brilliant? it's just a fashion as i said.
Not cows milk though. I heard a very interesting Food Programme on R4 about formula which is filled with all sorts of synthetic vitamins. That's why I take issue with the latest medical advice. Also all babies are not the same; like people.
It's advice aimed at the 3rd world basically which has very varying water quality. I'd agree if it were possible to ebf with a family and a life but iMO and E,realistically it isn't.
When I started weaning DS, his sleep deteriorated because he was starvjng. Because things like fruit purees were taking up room in his stomach - meaning he couldn't take in as much milk during the day, so he was waking at night to top up his calories. So 'feed fruit puree' is bonkers advice for a 3 month old. Fibre makes their bodies work harder to digest it - therefore more calories please - and doesn't have them vitamins they're but getting through milk.
There's just no evidence that there's benefit on early weaning, and plenty that it can increase the risk of problems.
Outside of rare generic issues babies generally aren't allergic to breastmilk - they're allergic to something the mother is eating that's being passed to the baby. Cow's milk protein is the most common.