After a rough start and marathon cluster feeds (record was 7 hours!), my 6 week old and I have mastered breastfeeding. It's going so great and I'm so glad i didn't quit at week 4 like I wanted to. hang in there moms still in the newborn trenches!
But now, I'm facing another problem--returning to work in July and needing to nail down somewhat of a schedule. Nighttime is very well scheduled (last bottle around 9 p.m. from Daddy and she feeds twice--between 12 and 1 a.m. and again around 2-3 a.m.), but everything else is totally unpredictable. Sometimes she goes 3 hours between feedings, but more often it's every 2... I worry that sometimes it's just for the comfort/flavored pacifier, but I can't tell.
Ideally, her first feeding would be at 5-5:30, then again around 8 a.m., before I leave for work. She will be at daycare from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. so I'd like the schedule to resume with a 6 p.m. feeding and keep that 9 p.m. bottle.
Anyone have any suggestions to getting into a schedule? Someone suggested pushing her to every 2.5 hours during the day.. increasing that to 3, etc. while also holding tight to the times I want above and "pacifying" until that time is reached. Anyone done this with success?
Also -- baby is gaining weight VERY well, is completely happy/content 99% of the time and has no health issues oncesoever.