Adrienne - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )
I have been finding so many breastfeeding resource books out there with conflicting advice and opinions. Some recommend on-demand feeding exclusively, some (ie: Babywise and similar) recommend semi-strict scheduling and eating/napping routines. I am a new stay at home mom so I want to make sure that I am not only doing what is best for myself and my own schedule, but for my baby. What are your opinions on Babywise type schedules vs. on-demand feeding? I have heard that a child will put himself on his own schedule gradually that melds to yours, I have also heard that a schedule can make your child ill. Currently, my son is 3 weeks old and is going about 2 hours between feedings during the day and 5 at night. Though, last night he slept all the way through!
Many of the schedule-based programs insist your child eat for 10-15 mins per side. My bub only makes 7-10mins on one side per feeding but seems to be thriving well. He has a small BM after most feedings and is wet frequently. Also he has gained about 2lbs since birth.
Sorry this is so long, but there is enough info out there to make your head spin!