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How to Breastfeed: Create a Breastfeeding Schedule

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 Breast milk is easily digestible, so babies feed quite often. As a result, you may want to create a schedule for breastfeeding but a strict schedule can actually be counter-productive. Generally, it's recommended that you not put your baby on a strict breastfeeding schedule.?Many books suggest breastfeeding your baby every two to three hours, and this is what babies typically want.?But you don't want to watch the clock. Instead, watch your baby for cues that he or she is ready to feed. Head movements, sticking out the tongue and sucking on fingers and hands are all indications. Crying is a late indication, meaning that you've waited a little too long. Following these cues is called "nursing upon request" or "nursing on demand." If your baby is requesting a feeding, you should feel confident about doing so,?even if it's been less than two hours before the previous feeding. It helps to think about the number of times your baby feeds in 24 hours rather than setting a specific schedule. Typically, they feed between eight and 15 times in a 24-hour period, especially in the first six weeks. This slows down after six weeks to two months.? Eight is the bare minimum, so?make sure they get in enough feedings. If they're peeing and pooping adequately and feeding at least eight times a day, there is nothing to be concerned about. It might be helpful to keep a feeding log or chart, especially in the early days. You can keep track however you choose, but one option is using a piece of paper with three columns: feeds, pees and poops. Whenever one of these happens, make a checkmark in that column. At the end of the day, you can go back and look at the log to make sure you got enough feedings in. Over time, the baby does fall into a predictable routine, but this routine can change. It's typical for breastfeeding babies to go through periods of growth spurts; during these, they feed more to meet the demands of growing more. Because of this, it's important not to have a strict schedule. Read more by visiting our page at: http://www.mahalo.com/courses/how-to-breastfeed/getting-started/set-a-schedule-and-chart//
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