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Baby Feeding Schedule

What Is Your Feeding Philosophy?

Among the decisions that a new mama faces is how she will feed her baby. We're not talking breast versus bottle (that debate is ongoing), but whether the baby will be fed on a schedule or on demand.

Nobody likes the sound of a crying baby and knowing that you can calm the screams by simply feeding a lil one may sound like an easy answer. But sleep deprived mamas (and those who live with them) may aim for some semblance of a routine after the first few weeks of living with their tot. Getting on that schedule often requires listening to a hungry baby cry while mom tries to stretch out the time between feedings and gives herself a bit of a break. Others shrug off the lack of sleep and take comfort in the closeness they feel from immediate responsiveness.

Which feeding philosophy did you choose?

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aembry396 aembry396 7 years
I do a combo. We travel a lot so that makes scheduling harder. I do try and feed her up before we go somewhere so we don't have to stop somewhere and at night the diner is closed. We are working on 7-8 hours of sleep. My pediatrician said after a certain weight (10lbs for mine) "there is a time for feast and a time for fast." It works for us.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 7 years
On demand. There's enough time to get them on a regular mealtime schedule when the start solids. I had a relative who asked me "How did you decide to feed on demand?" and I was seriously stumped. Uhhh... the baby was hungry and so I fed him.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I did both. I fed bottles completely on demand. When I introduced solids, I did it on a routine. Cereal in the morning, fruit in the early afternoon, veggies for lunch and a combo for dinner, still giving the bottles in between on demand. I of course worked up to this schedule, I didn't suddenly start giving him that much food. He's now 4 and pretty much follows this same schedule with meals; breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, before bed snack. We eat dinner around 4 30, and he usually is hungry again around 7, so he can have a piece of fruit or a bowl of cereal. It worked like a charm for me, I'll do the same with the next one.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
We are feeding our 9 week old on demand. I would love to introduce a schedule. Unfortunately I cannot reason with her yet! :)
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Exactly Lil, kids know what they need! I always fed (and feed) on demand. Although we are slowly getting a routine.
Moms Moms 7 years
I've always fed on demand. The same is true for my older kids — they eat when they are hungry. We sit down to meals when we're at home as a family, but they aren't required to eat a certain amount of food. My pediatrician says if everyone ate like children do naturally — "only when they are hungry" we wouldn't see a lot of the weight issues we do in today's society. I think this concept starts at birth.
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