Feeding on Schedule or on Cue?

Many new moms attempt to make the days with their baby more orderly by using a schedule for feedings, but newborns, in particular, are unpredictable. Flexibility will better serve both you and your baby when it comes to feeding—whether by breast or bottle.

Your baby’s need to nurse varies throughout the day as well as from day to day, depending on whether or not he is in a growth spurt. Feed him whenever he signals hunger—crying, rooting or sucking on his hand are all cues—rather than using a schedule of every four hours or so.

Learning to watch his cues, rather than the clock, will strengthen your mothering skills in ways that reach far beyond feeding.

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