Re: block feeding
I think one of the hardest things for adults to do when adjusting to a new baby is to take the whole idea of schedules and let it go. Before I had kids, I was a very scheduled person. Never late for anything, went to bed at the same time every night, ate my meals at the same time every day, etc. After kids, I had to learn to kiss the schedule goodbye and embrace the routine. The difference between a schedule and a routine is that a schedule is more rigid, and can't flex to accommodate things like a hungry baby. A routine accommodates the baby's individual needs- so if the baby is hungry but it's not an expected feeding time, you adjust and feed the baby. If it's time for bed but the baby is wide awake, you don't try to force the baby into sleep- you just make the environment conducive to relaxation and let him play a little longer.
The reason I asked about schedules is that scheduled feedings are the enemy of breastfeeding success. Milk supply is created by demand, so if you restrict demand by spacing feedings to some artificial interval, you risk reducing your supply. A lot of parents and so-called "experts" will tell you that this is silly, and that schedules can be made to work for all babies. And that just isn't true. Schedules may work for a while, but if you talk to moms who scheduled feedings for a significant amount of time, you often discover that their babies "weaned early" or that their milk "just dried up". So just say no to schedules!
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