Are you waiting for the baby? And, of course, you are already thinking about how you will care for your baby, how you will breastfeed him: according to the regimen or on demand?
The question of how best to organize breastfeeding worries many moms. Most can not decide what to choose.
Let's figure it out together! What is the best way to feed a baby: according to the regime or on demand?
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Breastfeeding: what's best?
Some mothers claim that they should listen to new trends and feed them on demand, as many doctors and breastfeeding counselors advise, while other mothers say that it is better to listen to the advice of their mothers and feed the baby according to the regimen, it is more convenient and easier.
As practice shows, both those and other mothers successfully raise healthy babies, both those and other mothers have experience of long-term and successful breastfeeding.
Therefore, it is not necessary to say that the question of how to organize breastfeeding is particularly important for the health of the baby and mother. The most important point is how it will be more convenient and better for a specific mother and a specific child.
To decide, let's consider what are the pros and cons of this and another type of feeding.
Feeding on demand
Feeding on demand- This is a style of nutrition, in which the child decides when he needs food, asks her mother and receives. With this method of feeding, it does not matter how many hours pass between feedings.
Ksenia Solovey, breastfeeding consultant, certified specialist of the Training and Methodological Center for Supporting Breast Feeding of KMAPO named after P. Shupika, perinatal psychologist, organizer and director of the Center "Dairyrivers ":“To organize breastfeeding, it is important to pay attention to how often the baby is applied to the breast. There are such firm myths that the child should be applied no more than once every three hours. But lactation works on the principle of "supply-demand", so the more often the child is applied, the more milk is produced.It is advisable to apply on demand. Especially if lactation is reduced, it is recommended to apply on demand, but at least once an hour, once a half. ”
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Among the main advantages of breastfeeding on demand are the following:
In the first month of a baby’s life, experts recommend feeding on demand, using this method at first, you give your child the opportunity to develop your own meal schedule.
Mom-forumchina Albina shared her story:“I decided before the birth that I would feed the baby on demand.He was very disciplined by birth. Even in the first days he ate no more often than once every two hours, but he sucked for a very long time, he could lie for an hour at the chest. Over time, the intervals grew when he was one month old, began to sleep all night - 6-7 hours, and eat every day at 3-3.5 hours. ”
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Feeding by the hour
Feeding by the hour is that the baby is applied to the breast no more than once every 2.5-3 hours, so the mother sets the regimen for the baby herself. Often this method involves a break for a night's sleep for 6-7 hours, but you can give up on this and feed the baby in the night if he will cry and ask for food.
This regimen is recommended after the neonatal period, when the baby already approximately establishes its own or at least indicates to the mother about how often it eats during the day, when the break is longer, when it is less, based on this, the mother can carefully switch to feeding the graphics.
Which way of feeding the mother chooses depends on the rhythm of her life, on whether she has helpers. Both when feeding on demand and when feeding by the clock, the mother can successfully and for a long time breastfeed the baby and raise a healthy baby.