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Doctor insights on: Breastfeeding On Demand Vs Schedule

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When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

Both.: In the beginning, you should feed on demand - and more often - to help establish milk production. Once you and your baby have your technical skills down, it is a good idea to start to spread out your feeding to every 2-3 hours, gradually if needed, or you may find yourself with a baby who sips...very frequently. Feeding on demand is another model that works - find which fits best for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Is breastfeeding on demand better than establishing a routine?

Is breastfeeding on demand better than establishing a routine?

Schedule changes: Breast feeding on demand is the way to go in the first couple of weeks. By day 3, the milk has come in and babies usually fall into a pattern of every 2-3 hour feedings. By 4 weeks, babies can begin to sleep for longer intervals at night, and can be "taught" to sleep for roughly 1 hr per week of age at night. They can then also go longer during the day without feeding. ...Read more

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What is breastfeeding on demand?

What is breastfeeding on demand?

Feeding when hungry: Breastfeeding on demand means tuning into a baby's hunger cues and feeding her when she starts "telling" you she is hungry. Look for alert periods, smacking lips, making sucking sounds, turning toward the breast, or sucking on her hand as hunger cues. Once a baby starts crying, she is usually really hungry. Breastfeeding on demand is a wonderful way to naturally build up a great milk supply. ...Read more

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What is feeding on demand?

What is feeding on demand?

When baby wants: On demand feeding refers to feeding the baby when baby wants as opposed to feeding on a set schedule. In the newborn period, on-demand feeding is usually the best way to feed (with, perhaps, a few caveats to make sure the baby isn't snacking and is getting other needs met - diaper changes, burping, sleep, etc.). ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

Don't be in a hurry!: The simplest, most natural way to wean is when your child initiates the process, usually around when solids are started. But if you're ready and they're not, try slowly tapering the number of nursing sessions every two or three days by replacing a nursing session with an alternative meal from a bottle/sippy cup/other foods (if ready). With luck, she'll be too busy with new experiences to notice! ...Read more

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Breastfeeding nutrition for on demand mom and how many meals a days? And how to makes more milk?

Breastfeeding nutrition for on demand mom and how many meals a days? And how to makes more milk?

Breastfeeding: Drink plenty of water. Get rest and eat 3-5 meals per day. To produce more milk, nurse your baby or pump more frequently. It is a matter of supply and demand. ...Read more

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When is a good time to wean my baby off of nursing or bottle-feeding?

When is a good time to wean my baby off of nursing or bottle-feeding?

Depends on the child: Some kids need more nurturing than others and will seek out the cuddle time at the breast well into the 2nd yr. If your infant needs cuddle time, do as long as desired. When kids start to walk, they may loose interest in cuddle time. When you have to chase them down to bf its time to quit. Bottles are easy, when baby will take well from a hard spout sippy cup start the wean. ...Read more

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Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and pregnancy. On medication for 12 months. We want to start a family in 2013. Effects on falling pregnant? Harm baby? Breast feed?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and pregnancy. On medication for 12 months. We want to start a family in 2013. Effects on falling pregnant? Harm baby? Breast feed?

Talk to doc, but: There is no data yet on Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) in pregnancy. However Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a metabolite of effexor, prospective data on 150 women exposed to venlafaxine (effexor) during the first trimester of pregnancy suggest no increase risk of major malformation compared to non-exposed controls. Remember there are risks of being depressed during pregnancy. Go to http://www.Womensmentalhealth.Org/specialty-clinics/. ...Read more

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What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when i was away & nursing when i was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more

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What is the best formula for my 3week old?He is currently feeding on breastmilk all times and on enfamil newborn premium when breastmilk is not there.

What is the best formula for my 3week old?He is currently feeding on breastmilk all times and on enfamil newborn premium when breastmilk is not there.

Breast milk: Your own breast milk will always be the best choice for your baby. Drink plenty of fluids and let the baby have the breast frequently to increase your supply. If you must supplement then use any of the commercial formulas that he tolerates. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing an infant?

What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing an infant?

Both give the same: nutritional value, which is extremely important. Nursing allows a different, closer bonding of mother and baby. However, if nursing is not possible, it is certainly worthwhile and beneficial to the baby to give the expressed breast milk by a bottle. ...Read more

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Sister on law breast feeds while using heroin. What are the effects?

Sister on law breast feeds while using heroin. What are the effects?

She should be in : Jail. Call children protective services asap. If you know thi is happening, you are part of the endangering, aiding and abetting process. Please do the right thing. ...Read more

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What are the health differences between bottle feeding and breast feeding?

What are the health differences between bottle feeding and breast feeding?

Breast fed is best: For many many reasons! www.Lalecheleague.Org/nb/nbbenefits.Html has a great explanation. On the other hand bottle feeding is ok and you shouldn't fee lguilty if you are unable to breast feed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing?

What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing?

Nurturing: While the nutrition is the same, there is value in natural feeding. Infants who breast feed are listening to mom's heartbeat, swaying with her movements, and sharing the same space. This in some ways mimics the comfort afforded by the womb. As the infant grows older, they may or may not need or appreciate the nurturing. A breast feeder that finishes quickly and wants to get off is ready to wean. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of breastfeeding and bottle feeding a baby?

Various opinions: Some believe nipple confusion is the main problem switching back and forth in feeding method. Babies have to put a little more work into getting the milk to drop down from the breast vs suckling a bottle. I have lots of parents who use both methods and rarely have I seen true nipple confusion. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/your-babys-feeding-breast-vs-bottle ...Read more

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When is the best time to wean a 14 & 13 of breast milk or should I keep going as they seem to need it for comfort feeding they both feed 3 times a day?

When is the best time to wean a 14 & 13 of breast milk or should I keep going as they seem to need it for comfort feeding they both feed 3 times a day?

Confusing question: Why would you be breast feeding a 14 yo or 13 yo or how would it happen that they were 14 and 13 months? Either way they can find other ways to nurture than breast feeding. ...Read more

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Baby is 1 week old & reached birth wt of 7 lbs 14oz. Milk production established. Start on demand feeding? Should wake at all during night or day ?

Baby is 1 week old & reached birth wt of 7 lbs 14oz. Milk production established. Start on demand feeding?  Should wake at all during night or day ?

Yes: With your breast milk in and weight back up to birth weight, you have the luxury of opting for a more on demand feeding regimen if things continue to be as successful as you describe. If you become engorged, you may want to wake your infant up to let down the supply (or you could pump-express and save too). Congrats on your achievements! ...Read more

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Is it preferable to pump milk once the baby had finished his feeding and resting? Or should I keep milk for next feeding? In term of increasing milk

Is it preferable to pump milk once the baby had finished his feeding and resting? Or should I keep milk for next feeding? In term of increasing milk

Pump Immediately: There are different opinions on thsi subject.I believe that pumping immediately after the feeding is best for increasing the supply and maintaining the milk for the next feeding. ...Read more

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4 m old is on nutramigen & throws up at least 1/2 his bottle each feeding and is fussy also. Is there another brand of formula recommend instead.

4 m old is on nutramigen & throws up at least 1/2 his bottle each feeding and is fussy also.  Is there another brand of formula recommend instead.

An infant who is: spitting up, not gaining weight well, irritable, wheezing or having other medical problems requires an an evaluation to diagnose the cause of the vomiting. Sometimes there's a problem like reflux, a sub-mucous cleft palate or feeding issues, which don't respond to multiple formula changes. Some infants spit up the entire first year, but have no serious medical problems from it or that cause it. ...Read more