how often should i breastfeed my baby to create a structured schedule

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Jodi - posted on 03/10/2014

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I'm not a fan of Babywise either. It has been associated with Failure to Thrive in babies, as well as poor weight gain and dehydration. If you are breastfeeding, the only way to keep up your supply is to feed on demand.

Celeste - posted on 03/10/2014

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I'm not a big fan of Babywise. The author has no medical training nor lactation training.


There's a reason why you have instincts. If you don't feel right doing it, then don't. None of my children (including a set if twins) were on scheduled feedings. Scheduled feedings can be a detriment to supply. Nursing often, whether "snacking" or a "full feed" is great for supply.

Some links for you:
http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-...
http://www.normalfed.com/Starting/schedu...

And how milk production works
http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/mi...

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2014

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Use your mommy instincts, those will lead you in the right direction.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2014

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You need to go by what your child needs, and not what a book says your child should do. Some babies can get on a schedule, but bfing babies are hard to do that with.

Bfing is not easy. It is very time consuming and makes you feel strapped down. At least it did for me. But right now, it is just working on getting her to feed for a full meal. If she detaches to soon, offer her the other breast. She is probably so interested in the world around her, that she is not focusing on eating. So keep distractions down to a minimum if at all possible.

Michelle - posted on 03/10/2014

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I understand and that is what I have been doing but according to the book Baby Wise and my sister-in-laws you can get them on a schedule. I am torn about this as I do not want to deny my baby when she is hungry to suit a schedule however she has gotten into the habit of eating little bits at a time instead of a full fee at once and it is making doing anything impossible. Not sure how to break her of this now. Suggestions?

Celeste - posted on 03/10/2014

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Like LM said, it's best to feed on demand. This helps milk supply, now and in the long run.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2014

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Breast feeding is more about on demand feeding. People who formula feed can structure the schedule a bit more because they are actually measuring out how much the baby is getting in one sitting. You cannot do that with breast feeding so it calls for an on demand feeding schedule, which really means no schedule at all until they are a bit older and on solids also. I could not get either of my kids on a feeding schedule until I was at that point. You can try, but don't be disappointment if it doesn't work.

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