Re: How long to feed on demand?
No, no schedules at this point. At just four months, your LO is completely dependent on your milk. It's not like he can make up for a missed feeding by eating more solids. And no matter what point you are at in your breastfeeding journey, a schedule is likely to have a negative impact on supply. Supply = demand, and if you give baby fewer opportunities to demand, your supply is going to decrease. And how would a schedule benefit you, anyway? Yeah, you might get to the point where you only have to feed baby every 3-4 hours, but it's going to take a huge amount of misery on both your parts to get there. I'd rather feed my baby twenty times an hour than listen to her scream for one minute, and it's going to take a lot longer than one minute to get your baby to believe that you will not feed and comfort him the way he wants and needs.
Are you worried that your baby's chub is somehow unhealthy, or that you're going to end up with a permanent chubsters? Because you don't need to. As your baby gets more mobile, the rolls are going to melt away. Lots of us have had our kids start out covered in fat, only to see the fat melt off as our babies turn into toddlers.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"