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Old 09-10-2008, 07:20 AM   #11
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On demand here as well I couldn't even tell you if there is a pattern since it's that sparadoic!! Plus using the SNS makes it even more interesting!

I thought that really you should on demand feed if you are breastfeeding to ensure that milk supply stays up. Another more knowledgeable mama might know more about this aspect. My first DS was mostly FF and I still fed on demand though.

And the sleeping thing is normal too. It just depends on each child. DS #1 was an eat, play for a bit and sleep for 2-3 hours and then start it all over until 5 months then he went to 2 long naps per day and by 13 months he was done to one nap.

This baby [2 months as well] takes about two 2 hour naps per day and then catnaps here and there and plays A LOT!!

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:59 AM   #12
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We go on demand but I notice it's about every 4 hours now. DD was the same as your LO. There is a light at the end of the tunnel!!! Your dd will sleep longer than 45 minutes eventually!! If you have a swing let her get a nap in that. It helps!! DD will sometimes sleep for hours in her swing but only 30 minutes in her crib. After I got her used to the longer nap from her swing I moved her to her crib for naptime
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Demand. I wont say it's impossible, but IMO it would be pretty darned difficult to nurse on a schedule, especially if you're EBF. I also dont think it's reccomended, but that doesnt mean that there arent mamas who can make it work for them.
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On demand with a bit of a schedule. I always check the clock when I am feeding him to get an idea of when he might want to eat next.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:13 PM   #15
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I always fed on demand.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:46 PM   #16
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Demand feeding here....partly because that is one of the "rules" for using breastfeeding to suppress ovulation for NFP.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:10 PM   #17
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Re: Do you feed on demand or hold to a schedule?

There is more than enough research out there that shows that it's best to breastfeed on demand for at least the entire FIRST YEAR. Definitely the first 6 months should be on demand, otherwise you jeopardize your supply.

As for naps being short, are you sure it's not anything you've taken (medicines) or ate/drank (caffeine)? Could it be too loud in the house? Too quiet? Too cold? Too hot?

My daughter was eating around every two hours until 6 months, with naps lasting from 20 minutes to 2 hours. She's very healthy.

I wouldn't be concerned unless you've noticed green poop, which is a sign of hindmilk/foremilk imbalance, in which case she's not staying on one breast long enough to get both the hindmilk and foremilk.
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on demand here.
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I fed her on a schedule ...but I was flexible
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We have a loose schedule, but if my babies are hungry I don't deny them. I have done what one of the pp's did as far as streching out the feedings with DS#1. I was more strick with him when I was teaching him to take full feedings. You have to do what works for you.
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