Sunday, April 5, 2009
Calling All Moms
I'd like for my mom readers to weigh in here. I'm debating trying some rice cereal with Parks and I'd like some opinions. First of all, my goal was to nurse exclusively for as long as possible (probably around 6 months). Then after that, I'd continue to nurse in addition to feeding him solids for the first year. This past week has called my plan into question. Parks has been sleeping anywhere from 10-12 hours at night for the past 5 + weeks. Lately, he has been waking at 4:00 am wanting to eat! I nurse him and he goes right back down. Now I know some of you moms are like "Oh cry me a river!". I realize one 4 am feeding at 4 months is not much to complain about, but for a baby that was previously sleeping 10-12 hours, I'm not real excited about returning to the early morning feeding. So, my question is...is this a sign that he is ready for more calories, i.e. time to try some rice cereal? Also, his naps have not been nearly as solid and he wakes frequently during them instead of sleeping soundly for 1.5 to 2 hours like he used to be doing.
Will it hurt him to try this early? I've been hearing the longer you can nurse exclusively the better. Is hunger likely the cause of his sleep issues? He is 16 pounds and in the 75% for weight, so I'm thinking his body might demand more calories sooner because he is a bigger baby. Is there anything I can try before I do rc? Any help would be appreciated! Also, if you read this blog and I don't know you, please feel free to comment! I've been loving the comments from the previous post and welcome anyone and everyone to join in on the discussion!