So, DD has been over her 5 month growth spurt for about 4 days now. She had her 5 month growth spurt at 4.5 mos and I am thinking at 5.5 mos that will mean she has her 6 mos growth spurt then and plan to start her on solids then too.
My dilemna is this, since her growth spurt I notice that she can only last 3.75 - 4 hours between daytime feeds whereas she used to be sooo flexible and could wait 15 min longer or even 30 min on 4 HR EASY. I noticed she continues to wake early around 5:30-7am where wake-up used to always be 7:30-8am and instead of waiting quietly or drifting off back to sleep she lets out a blood-curdling yell and won't stop unless I go get her. Putting her back to sleep is out of the question, she wants to eat. Once she eats, she won't go back to sleep without a fight. I know hunger is the key here and she used to sleep through great. I notice now after the dreamfeed she keeps hanging on and wanting more milk but I have none to give and even after pumping for a week and a half, drinking tons of water, it is still not enough. So, that is why I am thinking of trying to top up for dreamfeed using FF starting tonight. I'm still going to feed her both sides, but hoping that a couple ounces of formula is all she needs to get uninterrupted sleep till her wake-up.
I used to cluster feed but found that she just never really ate much at her clusterfeeds and woke up at least once at night when I did that so I stopped it. For some reason, that helped with getting her to sleep from 8-8.
I don't konw if I'm doing the right thing by FF but I figured it was worth a try. Only a little longer till she is old enough for solids and maybe she will feel happier with a full tummy when that happens!
Ok... so we will try this tonight and see how it goes. Let's hope this helps! If not, then I go back to square one!