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Is breastfeeding on demand better than establishing a routine?

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Dr. John Snyder
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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