This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by The Slacker Mom and co-hosted by Happiness Redefined and me, The Gnome's Mom. This week's topic is "Reverse Cycling" Scroll down to see more posts or even better, link up and join the fun!
Jaxon loves it. He prefers to sleep in the crook of my arm anyway. He likes to have a little milk to lull him back to sleep whenever he wakes during the night. I don't love it. I don't like to sleep with him in my arm now that he's so big. It makes it so that I have to sleep in a certain position that sometimes I just don't want to sleep in! I'm also not a fan of him sucking on me all night long.
I have tried to break this pattern by feeding more during the day. I breastfeed on demand during the day, and even offer nursing to him as a distraction when he's trying to get into things or when I know it's been more than 2 hours since he last nursed. He generally has 5 long nursing sessions (when he wakes up, late morning, early afternoon, late afternoon, evening before bed), plus several mini-sessions each day (5 minutes or less, usually when he gets upset, falls, or is bored). So he's definitely nursing during the day, but he's nursing more at night.
I also tried feeding more solids so that he's not as hungry at night. However, Jaxon mostly eats solids for amusement/fun, not for nourishment. So it's hard to get him to eat enough to make a difference in his hunger levels. Nothing I do seems to change the fact that he wants to nurse more at night than he does during the day.
So there you have it - Jaxon is a pro at reverse cycling. Does your baby reverse cycle?