DS is 5mths 2 weeks, exclusively breastfed and we have been thru a very rough patch as of late. He stopped sleeping. At all. Was up 3-4 times a night and sleeping about an hour (broken up) in the day. He was feeding 2 hourly on demand and still seemed unsatisfied, screamed when i put him to sleep (wouldnt sleep) and would suck and suck and suck for ages at his last night feed before bed, then take 2-3hrs to fall asleep for the night.
He'd get grupmy after 30min of being awake and was just generally really unsettled and of course very tired. I had to hold him all. day. long.
So, at out wits end, the past 2 nights we have given him a 120ml bottle of formula before bed, after a breastfeed. The first night he went down without a fuss at 7 thru till 4am then had a breastfeed and slept till 8am!! and last night slet from 7pm-5am, breastfeed and slept till 7am! He's happy again too, easily lasting upto 2hrs awake.
His nappies are over flowing, leaking thru the night.
Giving him formula crushed me a little, but i was too distressed and exhausted to cry too much over it.
Breastfeeding has always been physically demanding on me, ive lost a considerable amout of weight and when im tired, stressed, anxious, my milk is easily effected. I think this is why DS changed his behaviour - because my supply may have dropped this past month he's possibly also been on a growth spurt too.
Now that we seem to have nights under control again (i hope) , my question is, during the day, i am topping him up with EBM after 2 of his feeds and he takes about 40-70mls. He never took a bottl from me bbut now he easily does and gobbles it down, he's going about 4 hours between feeds the last 2 days and it is less demanding on me......Should i be pushing the solids now or does he need milk?
I tried rice cereal last week and he pushed it out with his tounge and gagged even after i mixed pear puree thru it. However, he pretty much ate a whole banana (not mushed, as it is!) on his own (held onto it) the other day...bit of gagging but he totally enjoyed it.
Im thinking maybe some cubes of steamed sweet potato for him to "play with" around lunch time - before his nap?....
Im confued as to which way i should go, He's hungry and seems ready enough to eat but soids or milk at his age with our struggles in mind? i dont mean solids instead of milk, i mean solids as extra and stop the ebm top ups?
Sorry for the long, complicated post.