Jonah will be 5 months old on Sunday. He's always nursed on a pretty predictable 3 hour schedule. On Tuesday, his DCP called at 2:30PM to let me know that he was starting his last bottle for the day. Apparently he'd wanted a bottle closer to every 2 hours rather than every 3 hours on Tuesday.
To try to increase my supply, I have been pumping/nursing every 2 hours since Tuesday at 3PM. Since I was home with Jonah yesterday, I was able to confirm that his demand does seem to be every 2 hours now, instead of 3.
Also, for the last week, he's been waking at 3-4AM and wanting to play/jabber for over an hour after nursing. He's never STTN, and I don't expect him to. But usually he wakes and falls quickly back to sleep after nursing.
I know he must have gone through "growth spurts" before, but it's never been like this. Does this sound like a true growth spurt and we should just ride it out for the next few days, or should I take his increased appetite as an indication that he's ready for solids? I'd planned to wait until after 6 months, until he gave very clear cues that he was developmentally ready, and I'd planned to try BLW when the time came for solids. But (of course) with the way he's acting lately, several of my IRL friends have mentioned maybe I should try some rice cereal with him now.
I'm not sure if it matters, but I figure the question will come up: at his 4 month checkup, he was in the 90th %-ile for weight (not sure which set of growth charts our pedi was quoting) at 16lbs & 12oz. Also, he doesn't have any teeth yet. He seems to teethe on and off, but right now he seems more "off" than "on". He also did have a slight headcold last week.
Sorry for this long and possibly incoherent post. I'm doubting myself and the sleep-deprivation isn't helping.