Hi! My LO is 9 weeks old Friday. I've noticed a kind of alarming trend in her eating and sleeping habits, and wanted to ask y'all about it. She's super sensitive to becoming overtired. If she naps enough during the day, she's a joy; if she doesn't, she's a totally different baby, and not a nice one!!
She likes to snack throughout the day, eating twice in a 90 minute period, then waiting 2-3 hours to do the same thing over again. But when she does this, she can't nap enough. She wakes up hungry after less than an hour, will only eat a little, then repeats the process 30 minutes later. Over and over. All day. And by evening, she's overtired and screams. It breaks my heart to see my easygoing girl so upset.
This problem caused me to try scheduled feedings for a couple of weeks. I know everyone says not to, but I was just so desperate after night after night of an unhappy baby. I never felt like I was denying her food; if she was clearly hungry, I just fed her anyway. She ate well most of the time, and got blissful 2.5 hour naps every day. Evenings were MUCH easier. She started sleeping longer at night.
ANNNND I got engorgement, plugged ducts, and I think her weight gain's down. So we're trying to do cue-led nursing again. But we're back to the same old thing - snack, cat nap, and screaming tired in the evening. Help!!! I've heard so many women say selfish women use schedules to get more time to themselves - I feel like I'm being selfish in taking her OFF the schedule because of my own pain, and my worry that she won't gain enough. It's all very disheartening.