I tried formula and solids which made no difference and since im breastfeeding i dont know how much she is taking at night, some feeds are long and she has both sides but others she will only have one side but she empties the breast and either way she wakes every 2-4 hours.
I can never tell before i pick her up what sort of feed she will have and i have even let her cry and really wake up so she will have a full feed and even then she can fall asleep after one side and at other times i can pick her up before she wakes too much and sometimes thats when she feeds the longest, it doesnt even make a difference whether she has both sides or one side when it comes to how long after she will sleep.
I just cant find a pattern in there at all, she even wakes at different times every night so i cant even predict that!
I am reluctant to let her cry it out as breastmilk and even formula digest reasonably quickly so if its been more than 2-3 hours how do i know she really isnt hungry?
Ive heard the watering down method but being breastfed i wouldnt no how much water to give her before realising she really was hungry as i couldnt tell you in mls how much she drinks, even on the times she has been fed formula she drinks all different amounts.
Another reason i dont want to let her cry it out is that i did the whole sleep training and i dont want to confuse her by letting her cry when to her by going to sleep she has done what i wanted her to, she is a great sleeper now, night and day so im pretty confident its not a settling problem as i always offer the dummy first and only feed her if that doesnt work.
She always goes straight back to sleep after a feed even if she has had both sides and i have to put her down awake she still goes straight down so im probably lucky that way but im worried that it will become normal to her and it will be harder to break it later but im so worried she still needs it and she is hungry.
So what i'd like to know is how to tell the difference between habit and hunger, i dont want to stop breastfeeding yet and she prefers formula in a bottle to breastmilk and i dont want to have to express in the middle of the night or inadvertantly dry my milk up while im trying to figure it out.
Any and i mean ANY suggestions would be appreciated,just because its easier to feed her than have her cry doesnt help my sleep!
Sorry its long, but i thought the more information i share the better.
Amanda,Perth,nearly 10 Month baby Girl