I am a FTM to a 4 week old, beautiful baby girl! I feed her on demand and have done so since she was just a few days old. She is a super sleepy baby though, and has slept through the night (other than a midnight, and then a 3:30am feeding, then sleeping till 8 or 9am or so). Feeding on demand has always been what works for us as parents, and makes her happy and content. However, the last week and half or so, she wakes up screaming! literally, screaming! Red in the face, real tears in her eyes, screaming! I rush to warm her bottle (I do not breastfeed, she is an exclusive bottle eater) and she takes it, sucking it down like a starving 3rd world child! She eats it so fast she chokes herself and I have to take it from her for a second to let her catch her breath.. then she starts screaming more!
She has reflux that we are trying to get under control (switched to Simulac sensitive from Advanced and are feeding her sitting up- keeping her that way for 30min after she eats).. As a next course of action- if just the switched formula does not work- we are going to try barley cereal in her formula (no rice).. then, meds as a last resort.
My concern and question here is: Since she is such a sleepy baby who can sleep sometimes for 5 hours + is the on demand feeding method hurting her rather than helping her? She is waking up screaming in hunger.. Should I start her on a schedule.. even waking her up after a few hours to feed her?
I mean, it is breaking my heart to hear her screaming in hunger like that, when I am right here with food for her, as much as she wants/needs.I feel as though Im not anticipating her needs very well with this method, and I feel like I am failing her, what can I do???