Hi, I have a 5 1/2 week old son and he's been having some reflux-like symptoms, most likely, IMO, caused by an overactive let down (I posted in that section, too). My mom is insistent that at this age I should be getting him on a schedule of eating every 3 to 4 hours and that would help. She didn't breastfeed, so I'm thinking this is mostly speculation because my sister had OALD and breastfed on demand for 18 months and had a very fussy baby the whole time, so she figures if I don't do that I won't have a fussy baby.
Also, how long does it take for the food I ate to be "present" in my milk? My mom's also convinced that there's something I am eating that is bothering him. I have eaten ice cream and had it REALLY bother him (well, when I ate 2 scoops FOR supper with nothing else....oops) but usually have no effects. My sister (with the "fussy" baby) pretty much gave up all food when she breastfed because she thought it would help the baby's fussiness, and I really don't want to go down that road if I don't have to.
So, yeah, when are they supposed to be on a "schedule," and after how many hours does food start to affect your milk?