Saturday, February 20, 2010

On Demand or On a Schedule

There are different ways to nurse your baby. There is "on demand" and "on a schedule."
On demand simply means that you feed your baby when he is showing signs of being hungry.
On a schedule means that you put your child on a feeding schedule through out the day. Both are very different from each other. I choose to feed my babies on a schedule. At first they nursed every 1.5- 2 hours... but after a few weeks they were nursing every 3 hours during the day and sleeping all night. For example: our feeding schedule was/is 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm.
If you decide to nurse on a schedule, it is a good idea to wake your baby during the day to nurse. "Never wake a sleeping baby" is an old saying, but if you want your baby to sleep all night...wake them during the day.
Also, to get to a 3 hour time frame you can put off each feeding by 5 minutes. In a couple of days your schedule will be set. But it is important to stay dedicated to the schedule you set. That way you and baby wont get thrown off.

Have any of you Nummie Mummies fed on demand? If so, what tips can you share?

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