Thoughts on the feeding front

It’s been a bit of a mixed week on the feeding front. In some ways, the current phase feels a lot like the newborn phase with Sophie wanting to feed more often, cluster feeding in the evening and waking a couple of times overnight for a feed. A lot of parenting books tell me she shouldn’t feed overnight at this age and perhaps this is good advice but my instincts at the moment say this is a phase and to ride it. She eats plenty of solids during the day so I think it is more a comfort thing rather than a hunger thing, or perhaps she is having a growth spurt. Either way, aside for feeling more tired from lack of sleep (and the occasional bout of restless legs), I am enjoying the late night feeds and having a snuggly baby in my arms. There will come a time when these night-time snuggles will be no more – for now, I will enjoy.

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It has helped also that the latest biting phase seems to have passed and feeding has become comfortable again. I definitely wasn’t enjoying it when those little teeth were too close for comfort!

I also had a lovely message from a mum to whom I donated my surplus breast milk to let me know that her baby is thriving and enjoying the milk. So lovely to know that all that milk is helping to nourish another beautiful baby rather than being wasted because Sophie only wants to take her milk directly from Mummy.

 

Linking in again with the lovely Zena at Zena’s Suitcase for Breastfeeding Diaries:

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6 thoughts on “Thoughts on the feeding front

  1. I’m glad the biting phase was short lived and it’s comfortable for you now. Its so great that you are able to donate your extra milk to help another little one out-and you’re definitely helping their mama too! I donated milk to someone from a milk sharing Facebook site when my daughter was nursing and we became fast friends and now we have play dates often.

    1. The milk sharing Facebook site is a great way to share surplus milk – wish I’d known about it with my eldest daughter. How lovely that you meet up and have play dates as a result of milk sharing 🙂

  2. I too read all the parenting books that say they shouldn’t feed during the night. I agree with you. You do what you feel is right 🙂

  3. I agree with you, I think it’s likely to be a phase. Trust your instincts, you know what you are doing and your right, those snuggles will be long gone before you know it! Thanks so much for linking up and supporting the #BFingDiaries

    1. Thanks Zena – getting the occasional night now where she’ll sleep a little longer so we’re getting there and enjoying the snuggles in the meantime. Lovely to link up again – hoping to join up again later this week.

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