I'm right there with all of you. Elliott hasn't even been doing 3 hrs at the start of the night when he used to do at least 4. I am woken up usually 6-11 times these days and I'm completely exhausted. Plus he isn't taking good naps. He definitely isn't getting enough sleep (nap and night sleep combined). Gas is a factor for sure and I'm still trying very hard to help that, but no real progress with it. Sigh.
So at night he doesn't seem to be all that hungry, but I usually end up feeding him several times, but he only sucks for two seconds and then he's back out again. From 3 or 4am on, he is usually up every 30-60 minutes and I want to kill myself. He gets us soaked. I also worry about contributing to the gas problem. We have figured out that his gas is improved when I do block feeding and make sure he gets hindmilk. Too much foremilk and he gets more tooty. When he only drinks for a few seconds to a few minutes, he gets more gassy. Sigh.
Elliott will stir and wiggle like crazy, but not open his eyes or cry. If I don't do anything he will usually end up crying. If I change his position (sit him up, put him on my chest, or put him next to me if he was already on me), he settles back down. I feel like this means he isn't hungry. If he roots around, I feed him. Am I denying him if I try to get him back to sleep without feeding him? I just don't want to add to his gas and I think he's just getting in the habit. If it's been hours I would expect he's hungry, but if it's been 30 minutes, it's not that. Short suck feedings just make him more gassy which make him wake up more. I was thinking about cuddling him and patting his back to see if that makes him still and only try nursing as a first try if he is upset or if it's been a few hours. Is that still meeting his needs? I have it in my head that I want to do anything and everything for him and never deny him of his needs. If he needs to eat 17 times a night, I will feed him 17 times a night. I just know he doesn't need to eat 17 times a night for hunger and I don't think for comfort either because he will settle with a cuddle or with 30 seconds of a boob.
What do you think?