FF on demand or to a set routine?

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  1. Emma.b

    Emma.b Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies quick question

    My little boy is 5 days old. I was just wondering is it best to feed on demand or feed to set times? At the min he's going roughly every 2 hours up until tonight, he's now been asleep 3 hours and I'm unsure on whether to let him sleep on or wake him up and feed him? If I leave him will be just fall into his own routine or is it best to set one for him?

    Thanks in advance for any info xx
     
  2. Em91

    Em91 Well-Known Member

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    We BFd first so when switching to formula we just carried on letting her set the times, even now at 10mths the time she has her milk varys :) x

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  3. HopesDreams

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    My son fell into his own wee routine & it's worked for us. I'd be inclined to say if your baby is sleeping, let him/her sleep. They'll wake when they want feeding. Just this week O decided he didn't need to wake at 4am for a feed & goes from 9pm-6am. He's 10 weeks old.
     
  4. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    Feed bub when he's hungry and don't wake him.

    As James had Jaundice we were told not to let him go longer than 3 hours without food in the very early days. We didn't have to wake him though as he was a hungry boy and rarely went longer than 3 hours until he was a good few weeks old. I was expressing and it was bloody hard work to keep up with him :shock:

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  5. Lou12

    Lou12 Well-Known Member

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    At the moment it's better to feed on demand as his tummy is so tiny - he'll hopefully start wanting more milk and going longer between feed soon enough. Oh and don't worry, let him sleep - I'm sure he'll let you know when he's hungry!
     
  6. MrsHope

    MrsHope Well-Known Member

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    We are feeding on demand Emma x
     
  7. Ella1979

    Ella1979 Well-Known Member

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    We fed on demand until our LO worked out her own schedule. Even now (aged 15 months) she varies mealtimes and milk times by 10 mins to half an hour and I just work with that.
     
  8. twinkle90

    twinkle90 Well-Known Member

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    I feed my 6week old on demand. a baby will let you when they need foid so dont like waking her up. she can go 4/5 hours in the night without a feed.xxx
     
  9. Pippacarney

    Pippacarney Well-Known Member

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    I breastfed till 2 weeks, then fed on demand till she was about 6/7 weeks as she then would have an oz per hour and just snack, so I had to get her into a routine and now she has a bottle every 3 ish hours, but when she's having a growth spurt that goes out of the window and she's fed whenever she wants it :) xxxx
     
  10. Emily0505

    Emily0505 Well-Known Member

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    I fed my lo every three hours throughout the day and if he was sleeping I would wake him to feed. I fed on demand overnight though.

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  11. glowing

    glowing Well-Known Member

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    I have always baby led but she has her own routine 3-4 hourly sometimes she will cluster the feeds on a growth spurt.
     
  12. mummywanabe

    mummywanabe Well-Known Member

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    At the beginning id say on demand then once theyre a little older around 8 werks or so you will probably notice a patternand can time it a little better
     

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