Just looking for some advice.
I'm thinking of switching to formula because I'm stressing myself out wondering how much milk my 6 week old, 5kg DS is taking. He's perfectly healthy but snack feeds a lot because I offer him the boob too often for fear he hasn't had enough! I also rely on it too much for getting him settled and to sleep for naps. But I'm worried about switching for these reasons:
- Are FF babies more vulnerable to illness? It's winter so lots of germs around!
- What do you do if your baby isn't settled after a feed? I feed my DS a bottle at 7pm and tonight he wasn't settled afterwards so I popped him on the boob for a couple of minutes and that was that. What do I do when I don't have that option? He doesn't seem to respond to rocking and cuddling or ssh and patting and spits out a dummy (I've tried very hard to get him to like it!). I would leave him to cry for a few minutes but he'd wake my DS1.
- When he wakes in the night, do I give him smaller or bigger feeds than normal? I loosely follow Gina Ford's routine and she suggests a big dream feed and then smaller feeds if and when they wake in the night but I'm not doing the dream feed so do I give a bigger one when he wakes for the first time? At the moment he sleeps 7pm-midnight/2am (anywhere in-between).
Any advice much appreciated. Thank you!!