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Schedule

Does/has anyone put their baby on a feeding schedule? I might have to try for my whole family's sanity.... Of course if LO is hungry before a set time I will still feed him, but I think it might be worth trying. My 2 year old was strictly bottle fed (breast milk and then sadly formula), so he was pretty much on a schedule.

Re: Schedule

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  • Agree.  Breastfeeding works best when baby is fed on demand.  What struggles are you having that you feel a schedule might address?  Maybe learning to nurse in a carrier so that you could be hands free as needed would help?
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  • Well he had been eating predictably and then today and last night he's been sleeping like 5 and 6 hour stretches. I'm worried about my supply and my boobs are so engirged. I'm scared to pump and make things worse and I know I shouldn't wake him.
  • We do the baby whisperer's easy method, plus other times as needed, but now that DD2 is a month, we can stick to it and it gives us all sanity. Had great experience with it with DD1 as well and helped is have calm LO and parents!
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  • If he's sleeping longer stretches at night, your breasts will get the message in a few days and slow down production then.  You can always hand express a bit if you are uncomfortable.  He shouldn't be going 5 hour stretches during the day without eating (not sure if that's what you meant or just that he was at night?).  How many times a day does he nurse?

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  • Yes 5 and 6 hours today. He usually nurses between 9 and 13 times per 24 hours. I don't want him to get too much though. He is already a whopping 13 pounds, 5 pounds up from birth weight lol. But like today he hardly nursed and then nursed every hour from 4 to 9 pm.
  • At one month it is really hard to have a rigid, strict schedule. We did a rough schedule though and it really helped.  I nursed LO every 2-3 hours during the day and then right before bed. I still feed mostly on demand as some sessions she probably took more than others. 


  • Thank you all. I am going to track his feedings more diligently for a couple of days and try to get a little bit more predictability for myself and adjust our routine around that. My 21 month old needs routine now more than ever and it has been rough - this is the first time in his entire life that I have not had him on a routine. I feel much better now with this plan.
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