My 19 week old DS has been EBF since birth, but now seems to need increasingly more feeds. I know 4 months is a classic growth spurt, but this has been going on for the last 6 weeks.
He used to wake up once or twice a night for a feed, but now is waking up 6 or more times and feeding 15 mins or so each time.
I've tried increasing the number of day time feeds to make sure he's getting lots in the day and cluster feeding close to bedtime, but nothing seems to make a difference.
I'm not keen to try a formula bottle at bedtime, or start weaning before 26 weeks, but am now wondering whether any of these might help? Should he be THAT hungry for such a long time? Can a growth spurt last 6 weeks or more?
I need someone who's more experienced to offer some advice, please. I'm a first time mum and really keen to keep BF, but don't want to think my baby is hungry all the time if my milk isn't doing the job. And 6 or more wake-ups per night is certainly taking its toll.
The 4 month growth spurt is a monster - I think it's a developmental thing as well. For us it lasted something like 6-8 weeks and at some points she was waking every 45 minutes. It was utterly horrible. But we fed through it and managed to ebf to 26 weeks. You have my sympathies, but the good news is that it is almost certainly nearly over and it really does get better again! There is (or was) a suppor thread over in the sleep forum for people going through it, if that helps. Good luck, sounds like you're doing fantastically