well we have a routine. Schedules and I don't mix. but I do like a routine... so there's nothing wrong with that, IMO. But it might take a few months for it to settle in... the more flexible you are, the better chance you have of making a routine work... ironic, isn't it
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I agree with all the previous posters. Babies know when they're hungry, and I can assure that she'll let you know too! You're also right--when you hold her you will do what she needs, and the wonderful thing about nursing and following her cues is that you will be so tuned in to her that you'll learn to anticipate her needs after a while. That really helped me not to feel so upside down. Congratulations, and enjoy your new little one!
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On demand feeding (or comforting, or diaper-changing ) is the only way to go for a newborn. Anything else is just dangerous.
We did the combo of on demnd (of course) but offered every 3 hours...worked out nicely.
Just when you think you have it figured out - it changes! It changes so quickly that no book can dictate your baby's needs.
My son was born with an every-2-hour schedule. Just when I sorted out how to manage that, then he switched to every 3 hours. (He's a very regular little man).
Save yourself the worry, chuck the books and your mother-in-law's advice. Trust your baby. S/he WILL know when it's time to eat and WILL let you know. Trust yourself. Feeding on demand is far less stressful. No worries. Trust yourself - you know much more than your think you do!
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