Daughter is 4 months. She has, according to the home scale, just doubled her birth weight. She is sleek and sassy; alert, holds her head up well, rolled over (just the once, but what a once that was!), babbles, makes demands...
I was nursing every 3 hours during the day, on a baby-led schedule. (This means that her newborn needs were noted, and the schedule built around her natural preferences, with gentle nudging if needed.) She was easily going 6 hours or more at night without waking to nurse. She was a happy little bunny rabbit.
Recently, her day-time feedings started not going very well. She was biting, pinching, not draining the breast... I noticed that if she got a little hungrier, we didn't have these concerns.
So now she is fed every four hours during the day and as needed at night. I have been on the new schedule for about a week, and she is showing no signs of reverse cycling and nursing more at night.
But she doesn't have solids yet, and I'm planning to wait at least another month, and probably two, before introducing home-made vegetable and fruit purees. Somewhere between 6 and 10 months I'll introduce yogurt and meat purees as well, when she seems ready and in need. I hope to skip the cereals until she's nearer to 12 months, frankly.
Whaddya all think? I am so nervous that I'm not feeding her enough, but she truly seems to not be good and hungry until the 4 hour mark - at 3 hours she's hungry, but not enough to hold her attention for very long at all.
Does extending the time between feedings have some effects I need to be aware of?
Please give me your advice!