Reading posts on this forum regarding feeding on demand etc has me wondering if I am doing it right.
I don't have a schedule as such (well not one based on times) but my bubs is 14 weeks and we have a kinda routine happening which is loosely based on the EASY routine (I didn't deliberately follow this routine - it just happened that way)
Baby eats (takes about 20 minutes) then plays with me for an hour (tummy time, cuddles, practicing holding her toys etc), then I read the signs (getting cranky and funnily enough, her eyebrows get red) which shows she is tired, then I put her down for a nap.
Her naps go anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. I let her determine when to wake up. Once she is awake, I feed her and the cycle starts again.
This is our daytime routine.
Our night time routine is again - she sleeps as long as she wants, when she wakes I feed her. If it is still nighttime (ie 5am) she goes straight back to bed. If it is daytime (ie she slept til 7am) she stays up and has a play.
She seems happy with this routine. She has one big nap in the mornings and normally 2 - 3 smaller ones in the afternoon.
Her feeds normally go 5am, 10am, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9.30 pm (and sometimes she will have a 11.30pm feed) These times vary but roughly are around this. (again I don't watch the clock and say your feed is due, it is more around whenever she wakes up) It is mainly baby led and she doesn't appear to display hunger signs outside of when I feed her, but she is also a brilliant sleeper and has heaps of naps. The result is that she only gets around 6-7 feeds a day. Is this enough? Will it adversely affect my supply in the long term?