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Do you feed on demand with the bottle??

I was breastfeeding when I brought my daughter home, and they told me to feed on demand, but I switched over to bottle and I was still feeding on demand and someone mentioned to me you don't feed on demand with formula. Should I be feeding on demand with formula AND what do you do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:04 PM on Jan. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • When my son was first born he was preemie (but not too preemie) and he had to be fed every three hours. But once he hit 4 months and he had good enough weight gain I then fed him on demand. I was never told I couldn't. If he was hungry, I fed him. I don't think it's fair to not feed them when hungry, they know when they are and aren't hungry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:09 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Yes. Both my kids took a bottle at some point and both were basically 'on demand.' I use that term loosely, as both my kids (even when nursing) had developed their own schedules. I just followed their lead.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:17 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • I most certainly did.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:18 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • No, you don't feed exactly like breastfeeding. When bottlefeeding babies can overfeed. You need to make sure you don't feed too many ounces a feeding or too many ounces a day. The doctor should have given you that information.

    A baby has sucking needs that they can try to meet at the bottle and overfeed and have digestive problems or become overweight. Formula feeding has lifelong health consequences and allowing your baby to become overweight is one that you can prevent. Large babies are not healthy babies, they can be obese and have problems forever.

    Answer by Gailll at 3:22 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • What I did was give him as much milk from the bottle as he wanted...then, waited to see about how long he would go between them. I figured out HIS schedule. That was, I never had too much left over in a bottle, or not enough. I could tell when he was hungry or needed something else. I knew exactly how many bottles he would need throughout the day. He established his own schedule, I followed it. If he slept too long between, then, I would wake him up. I knew when to have a bottle heated and waiting on him. LOL If he cried way too soon after a bottle, then, I would try to occupy him for a bit. I would give him one if that what he needed though.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 3:24 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • gailll your really annoying with this breastfeeding bs if formula wasnt safe or caused health problems they wouldnt have it to give they would just make everyone bf ... feed your baby when your baby is hungry they wont over feed themselfs they know when their full and they know when their hungry

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Absolutely.

    Answer by AnitaVersion2.0 at 4:26 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Yeah, the overfeeding bull is just a myth perpetuated by breastfeeding nazis.

    Answer by AnitaVersion2.0 at 4:28 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • I have known 2 overfed babies. They were fed everytime they cried. They both looked like Micheline man and would throw up if you moved them. They also couldn't crawl forever or sit up. They were both miserable and everyone at the daycare knew what was wrong but, their mom's. Once they came to us, we got them on a more normal regimine of feeding and they instantly stopped throwing up and actually slimmed down a little. Started sitting up and rolling over and doing what they should soon after.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 5:34 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • i have always fed my children bottles on demand and they are both perfectly healthy. a healthy child will not overeat, babies naturally self regulate their food intake. my son will simply throw down his bottle and insert his paci if he wants to suck on something after he is full. i dont believe in denying babies food when they are hungry. when my kids stopped being satisfied for atleast a few hours off of a feeding i started adding cereal and *gasp* babyfood to the bottle. my 9 yr old is a little on the skinny side now as is my 9 month old. no over eating problems here!

    Answer by LoriaAnn at 12:53 AM on Jan. 27, 2010

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