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Hello! Thanks for all the helpful "sleep" replies...<br><br>
I was just wondering if you bf moms out there have a "schedule" for your young infant. I know that most days we go about 3 hours in between feedings, but some days it's more like 2 hours, esp. in the evening. Feeds once at night. Should I try to "stretch" out the feedings like "bottlefed" babies...or just feed her on demand like I pretty much do now. Thanks!
 

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On demand <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Definately feed on demand. Breast milk digests faster than formula which is why bf babies eat more frequently. As they get older they will get more out of a feeding than when they are little. So they won't feed as often, but in the evenings babies that feed only once or twice at night will often cluster feed in order to store up some calories for when they sleep for those long periods. HTH
 

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Feed your dc on demand rather than trying to schedule her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I **** feed mine that way and she is growing like a weed!!! (A very "happy" weed I might add!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Enjoy your babe! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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On demand. Baby's developmental and emotional needs change from day to day.
 

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i implemented a schedule to allow for more feeding to "tank" him up. he eats every two hours. if he doesn't want to eat then that's okay and if he wants an additional nursing session then that's okay to. i'm just trying to get more milk to him. i noticed this week that he kind of took over the schedule though. if he's sleeping then he'll wake up at that two hour mark on his own soooooo...i guess it kind of started out as a schedule but now i'm working at his demand <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I offer it when DS wakes up, before he goes to sleep, any other time where he seems fussy, and if I see any rooting/wanting to nurse signs. On average, it's about every 2 hours during the day, with 1-2 feedings during the night.
 

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I feed on cue so my dd learns to trust her body to tell her when she is hungry. Who am I to tell her when she's hungry or not hungry, know what I mean?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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Thanks. That's what I thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and that's what we've been doing. As a new mom, I'm definitely learning to go with the flow more!!!
 

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I like on-demand because I don't have to think about it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Our son has always had bigger "gaps" during the day and more frequent feedings during the evening.
 

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Sounds like you are doing great! On demand is absolutely essential for a 3 mos old. Heck my baby is almost 11 mos and we feed on demand still which includes through the night. Sometimes she's up five times, sometimes one. Depends on her physical and emotional needs that particular night.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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