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Newborn feeding schedule? Need your advice!

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:10 PM
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Question: Do/Did you use a newborn feeding schedule?


Yes, every 2-3 or 3-4 hours

Nope, on demand nursing only here!

I used a combination of schedule and on demand

I used on demand until a certain age and then did a schedule after a certain age

Other...please explain

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My friend was talking to me and said she had decided on doing a newborn feeding schedule.  I am not going to go into detail about what or why I believe, I want to show her this thread and let her see others' opinions without me influencing (or seeming to).  I'm also sincerely curious to see what others do!  I should probably mention she's planning to nurse.

Please tell me why or why not you would do a newborn feeding schedule.  Extra credit if you have links or doctor's opinons/research backing up your opinion.

Thanks ladies, I appreciate it!

*EDIT: sorry I worded that kooky, I fixed it!

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by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:10 PM
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by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I nursed all of mine whenever they wanted to.  Ready to serve, perfect temperature, good for ya.  ;)


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by Platinum Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I have always done on demand nursing. My oldest son put himself on a schedule around 6-8 months and he was great with it. My 10mo old still takes way to many bottles but he is growing so I'm not going to let  him cry just because he is hungry.

I have noticed that schedule fed babies sleep through the night much earlier though. GL

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I nurse exclusevely, and there is no way we could do a schedule.  I am not going to tell a 3 week old baby no to food because it isn't time yet.  I feed her when she is hungry.  Babies don't over eat.  They eat when they are hungry and don't when they're not. 

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by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:17 PM

mymson was bottle fed and he had a bit of a schedule of about every 3-4 hours and that spaced farther and farther apart the older he dd was nursed and she was on demand but her demand was about every 2-3 hours and that spaced out as well......I think people get a preconcieved notion of things before they are really parents like my kid will know no to play with the things on the table I will never remove them...or My child will be on a schedule as soon as I bring it home.....telling then different will only cause a strain in the relarionship....they will learn, besides as mush as you want you baby to only eat every 3-4 hours but listening to them scream is not very realistic either

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Newborns have tiny tummies. Putting them on a schedule can leave them starving, malnourished, etc. (forcing them to a schedule). 

i am an on demand nurser. becka never put herself on a schedule but Taegen has one that she created, and I just go with the flow.

I did know someone who fed her newborn every 3 hours.. even if the baby was crying and rooting at 2 hours, she wouldn't feed the baby. :( it was AWFUL to watch and not the way to treat a newborn. 

My pediatrician, the one I had for Becka and the new one now, both agree with on demand feedings. Newborns don't eat a lot, they can't, so it can digest quickly and they can be hungry again at different times. Schedules aren't healthy for a newborn..(strict schedules... encouraging a schedule the baby begins to develop wont be a problem).

this is taken from

our newborn should be nursing eight to 12 times per day during about the first month. In the beginning, mothers may want to try nursing 10 to 15 minutes on each breast, then vary the time as necessary.

Once your milk supply is established, breastfeeding should be "on demand" (when your baby is hungry), which is generally every 1 to 3 hours. As newborns get older, they'll need to nurse less frequently — some may feed every hour and a half, whereas others may go 2 or 3 hours between feedings. For babies who are getting formula, they'll likely take about 2 to 3 ounces every 2 to 4 hours. Newborns should not go more than about 4 hours without feeding.

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:18 PM

My 8 month old is still an on demand nurser.  She nursed last night from 6:30-8:30.  She had her eyes closed but could not go to sleep.  I would never not let her nurse just because it wasnt the right time to.

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:19 PM

i nursed Joslyn every1.5  hours at first, then 2 hours and then moved her to every 3 hours. She slept through the night pretty early on and I did not wake her at night to nurse... only woke her during the day to nurse.


by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I always nursed on demand. Newborns especially need to be nursed on demand for two reasons, one to help build and regulate your supply, and two because they have tiny tummies and ever baby digests differently. Hell I STILL nurse on demand with my 15 month old.



by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Rigid feeding schedules can be DANGEROUS to Babys Health! Babies can become dehydrated, malnourished and they can lose weight and essentially starve. Feeding on demand ensures that your baby is fed every time He or She is hungry. Infants have tiny stomachs that need very frequent feedings, sometimes they need to be fed every 20 minutes, sometimes its an hour in between, etc. Babies dont eat for the heck of it , babies eat because they are hungry , feeding an infant on demand does not spoil a baby , it ensures that the baby gets the food it needs when he or she needs it.      <--Click me if you love Pit Bulls!

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Babies eat when they're hungry! I don't know who came up with that they need a schedule. That's rediculous and dangerous.

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