My BFing pattern is a combination of on-demand and scheduled feeding.
I am aware of when my 9 week LO needs to feed next (approx 2 to 2.5 hour start-to-start in the morning and 3.5-4 hours in the night) and if it goes beyond that I wake him up. In the morning it is more on demand because sometimes he asks in an hour (start-to-start) OR 1.5 hours and of course I don't refuse or try to distract him or whatever. I feed him.
In the night it feels like more scheduled because I keep an alarm for the max I can allow between two feeds (4 hours) and he usually wakes up or stirs.. and if he doesn't then I wake him.
Now the questions. IF I want to make this completely on-demand:
1. In the mornings ..sometimes he goes beyond 2 hours without asking.. or maybe I miss his cues. BUT he is awake and playing. At the end of 2 hours he may get sleepy because of the play and start to doze off. Before this happens (since I am aware of the time).. I offer him the breast..so he can feed and sleep (in case he sleeps for an hour or two). THIS I do even if he doesn't ask. What would you do? Let him sleep for 2 more hours AFTER 2 hours of play/awake time? That would be 4 hours start-to-start
2. What about night time? How MUCH time do you let them be? Even 8-10 hours? FOR a 9 week old. Do you on-demand-feeders never have a upper limit?
3. IF they start sleeping through the night...do you guys not miss on the highest prolactin levels in the night and the abundant flow of the night? My flow is best from 1 AM through 8 AM........if I let him sleep through the night (which he seems like he will do if I let him) I will miss out on my best flow and best prolactin levels. For those of you who don't pump..what do you do?
4. What about during times of disturbances (like vaccines or colds or fevers). He has recently had an UTI and yesterday a vaccine (WA has a Pertussis epidemic)... where they act extra lethargic and their bodies cannot be trusted to eat well or on time. What do you do then?
Thanks so much