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

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Christine Hom
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: On demand

You should feed your baby when he/she is hungry, so this equates to on demand.
The baby may not feed very well if he or she is not hungry when the clock hits a certain hour, but may have been a half hour before. As adults we don't eat on an exact schedule - we eat when we are hungry. You should afford your baby this same ability.

In brief: On demand

You should feed your baby when he/she is hungry, so this equates to on demand.
The baby may not feed very well if he or she is not hungry when the clock hits a certain hour, but may have been a half hour before. As adults we don't eat on an exact schedule - we eat when we are hungry. You should afford your baby this same ability.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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