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I have a 6 month old who I'm trying to get to eat more during the day instead of evry 3 hours at night. During the day she is so easily distracted(tried a boring room) and it's hard to get her to take in full feedings. At night she is eating every 3 hours and full meals.<br>
My question is should I try to nurse her at least every 2 hours(and if she asks), or should I demand feed her which amounts to every 3-4(mostly 4) hours? I really want her to eat more during the day before I start solids, because I worry I will have a supply issue. And I really want to get her to sleep longer stretches at night.<br>
please help!!
 

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Every 3 hours at night sounds pretty good to me! But nursing ds at night is really easy for me. I just latch him on and fall back asleep. I know it's harder for some. Does she sleep with you?<br><br>
Honestly, I think needing to eat every three hours at night is really normal for a lot of 6-month-olds. She's responding to her body's cues and I think trying to change that could be very likely frustrating for you. By all means, offer as much as you want during the day. There's nothing wrong with that. I offer all the time to ds before he asks. But she won't eat if she's not hungry, so there's really no way to MAKE her eat more when she doesn't want to. If I were you I would concentrate on making nursing easier on you at night, if possible.<br><br>
And don't worry about solids yet. You can hold off on those for several more months if you prefer. A lot of people around here (myself included) don't start solids until 8 or 9 months or later.
 

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I agree with pp. Every 3 hours sounds ok for a 6mo. I don't think it would hurt to offer more often during the day, but I don't think I would try to force it or anything.
 

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I tried that with my DD when she was about 7 1/2, 8 mo and it totally didn't work. She was nursing every 2 hours MINIMUM and she was eating solids too (high-calorie solids, none of this applesauce and peas stuff). Basically I spent whole entire days trying to stuff food into her, and she still wanted to nurse ALL NIGHT. And it wasn't comfort nursing either, she'd be leaking out of her diaper in the morning.<br><br>
Every 3 hours sounds pretty good, actually. I know you don't want to hear it, but honestly, it could be worse!!!!
 

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I did on demand. my 2 year old is still nursing somewhat on demand ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I agree- sounds normal for the age. 6mo is just a time for lots of night waking. I would follow her lead. Work on finding ways you can sleep through her nursing.<br><br>
-Angela
 
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