Re: Feeding on demand still??
Mama, babies know when they are hungry. They don't watch the clock, and neither should their mamas. Feeding on demand is best, whether you nurse or bottle-feed. You tried a schedule and you figured this out yourself: the baby spent a lot of time hungry and unsettled. Was that really better than nursing him for 2 hours? The reason your baby wants to eat frequently is not because your milk is somehow unsatisfying: it's because frequent feeding is the normal eating pattern for a young baby. Infant tummies are tiny, and frequent meals keep blood sugar nice and even. You shouldn't expect a baby to fall into a pattern of eating infrequent, large meals until he is well into childhood: even toddlers need frequent snacks to get them through the day!
I am with the PPs who recommended trying to nurse the baby directly again. It is more time-consuming than exclusive pumping when you have a sleepy, non-mobile newborn, but Pumping rapidly becomes more challenging than nursing. Here's why:
- Nursing gets faster as the baby grows. But the time the baby is a few months old, he or she can often get a full feeding in just 5-10 minutes at the breast. Pumping, on the other hand, never gets easier or faster. If it takes you 10-20 minutes to produce a bottle today, it's going to take you the same amount of time in 6 months, but you'll be trying to balance your need to pump with the needs of 2 mobile and challenging kids! What do you do when you need to pump but the baby has crawled out of eyeshot?
- Nursing public is easy compared to pumping in public, and if you want to get out of the house someday for longer than an hour or so you will need to pump in public!
- When you nurse the baby, maintaining a good milk supply is easy. Nurse on demand and you will make the proper amount of milk. Maintaining a good supply when exclusively pumping is HARD. Many EP mamas ultimately struggle with supply, due to the challenges of finding enough time in the day to pump and because pumping is not as good at maintaining milk supply as nursing is.
- Milk in the breast is always clean, fresh, at the right temperature, and immediately available. Bottles can fall on the floor, sour in the heat, get forgotten on the counter, and they take time to produce. If you nurse, you don't have to stand in the kitchen at 2 am, trying to fix a bottle.
- Nursing is a great mothering tool. The breast soothes babies when they are cranky or hurting, and it helps them get to sleep when nothing else works.
- Breastfeeding doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can combine breast and bottle in a way that works for you.
- Nursing is rewarding. The pump will never smile at you while you use it.
If you decide to give nursing another go- and I truly hope that you will- this link can help you get baby back to the breast: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
Last edited by @llli*mommal; January 29th, 2012 at 07:06 AM.
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