I know in my head he doesnt need it, and I suspect it is just a pattern hes gotten into. He actually doesnt fall asleep on the breast, and never really has which is interesting. He will feed and then with a pacifier he will go back to sleep on his own in his cot. For all his sleep, night time and naps he goes down awake and falls asleep by himself - I just close the door and walk out and hes fine. It just seems to be, as you say when he wakes, being able to put himself back to sleep. So I think I will focus on that, when he wakes Ill try to not even take him out of the bed just sooth him, re wrap him and put his dummy back in. Ive heard that babies smelling milk on breastfeeding mothers can be an issue. Do you think he smells it on me and so wants it? I could get dh on weekends to get up with him.
As for food, its a bit all over the place, he only really just started to happily eat alot in one sitting - hes a bit of a grazor, he likes to eat little bits at a time. But yesterday he had a whole jar of fruit and a tub of baby custard as well as his regular milk feeds.
Also it is very cold here maybe the cold is waking him. I make sure he has several layers on and we leave the heater in the lounge on to heat the house, but my older son likes the hall light on and his door open, but if the babies door is open the light wakes him lol. So I usually keep his door shut.