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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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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My 6 month old is constipated . No bowel movement in 3 days, he's not happy, not playing much, still breastfeeding on schedule. What can I do ?

My 6 month old is constipated . No bowel movement in 3 days, he's not happy, not playing much, still  breastfeeding on schedule. What can I do ?

Constipated: The important thing to remember is that breast fed babies can go as long as a week without having a stool . This is considered normal for breast fed babies and not constipation. ...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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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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How can I transition from breastfeeding on demand to solids?

How can I transition from breastfeeding on demand to solids?

Just add solids: If baby is ready for solids (around 6 months, developmentally sitting independently, using pincer grasp, no more tongue thrust reflex) just start slowly with 1 new food every few days to watch for any reaction. kellymom.com and breastfeedingusa.com are also good resources Baby Led Weaning book But it is a long, gradual transition - breastmilk is still the main nutrition until well after 1 yr ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and sleeping through the night?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and sleeping through the night?

Give it time: Newborns require frequent night time feedings, every 2-3 hours or risk hypoglycemia. Older infants will sleep through the night on their own and not demand feeding in a few months. Attempting to control this schedule ahead of time poses health risks to your baby, and interferes with your lactation establishment. Older infants who wake to nurse are likely nursing for comfort rather than need. ...Read more

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How does breastfeeding on demand affect your milk supply?

How does breastfeeding on demand affect your milk supply?

It's the best way: Assuming everything is already going well, breastfeeding on demand is the best way to maintain your milk supply. Your breasts make more milk when they are emptied, so feeding on demand lets you respond to baby's growth spurts, illnesses, and anything else that comes up. Your body will match what baby needs. If you are having trouble, find a local IBCLC. ...Read more

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Can I safely practice both breastfeeding on demand and pumping?

Can I safely practice both breastfeeding on demand and pumping?

Breastfeeding: Most mothers can both breast feed and pump to store extra milk. Your milk basically comes in on supply and demand so if you pump in addition to nursing your body should produce more. I have many mothers who do some additional pumping so they can store breast milk for a time when they cannot be available to nurse. Good luck. ...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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Exclusively breastfeeding 9mo old baby.day and night,on demand.have not noticed fertile mucus or ovarian cramps(i used to).chance that i ovulate?

Yes: Although many women do not ovulate regularly while breast feeding, by 9 months, it would be very likely that a breastfeeding women would resume ovulation and would be fertile in the event of sexual intercourse. ...Read more