27 March 2012 by , No Comments

To schedule or to feed on cue? This is the ultimate question of first-time mothers who doesn’t know anything about breastfeeding. This has been a highly-debated topic among mothers across the country. Let’s try to take a closer look at this subject and provide some of the pros and cons of these two types of breast feeding schedules.


First off, let’s set the facts straight on how much milk does a newborn need on a daily basis. Newborns well under their first month needs 90ml of milk per breastfeeding session. Furthermore, newborns feed an average of ten times per 24 hours. That’s a lot of milk for a human being who is well under an average of 8.5 pounds.


The amount of milk demand increases after a newborn’s first month of life. The amount of breast milk demand increases from a mere 90 ml. per feed to 120 ml. per feed.  Obviously, the increase is in increments of 30. This change in the demand of breast milk increases per month. Most pediatricians’ advice that babies should be fed with breast milk until two years of age.


However, most mother stop breastfeeding when their babies start teething. This period in a baby’s life starts at eight months. If we compute for the breast milk requirement of a baby until eight months of age, at the most a single baby, the range is within 900 to 1800 ml of breast milk per day. This is also the primary reason why most babies double their weight before the first year of age.


It is fairly impossible to schedule a baby’s feeding time when you need to constantly compute the amount of breast milk induced per feed. This might be feasible for infant who feed on expressed milk in bottles, but is almost impossible for a newborn who feed from his or her mother’s breast.

You can’t measure the sufficiency of breast milk input by weight in on their output. This can only be possible in the first week of a newborn’s life but very impossible to gauge thereafter.


It is then crucial to master the technique of proper positioning and latching. Once you have practice these techniques accordingly, your newborn will dictate how much he or she needs per feed. Newborns automatically detach their mouths from the mother’s best when they’re done feeding. Don’t worry! Newborns still does not have a clear understanding of diet and eating disorders. They will be well sucking until they feel a full stomach. This is how babies tell their mothers that they’ve had enough of the milk.


Newborns will also provide you with hunger cues so you don’t; have to go through the hassle of hearing them whine and cry because of hunger. Babies place their hands near their mouth area when they’re hungry and would start showing signs of irritability when touched but not fed.

When you see both of these cues, don’t wait on them to cry. Offer your breast milk as soon as you can. You will notice that they will automatically open their mouths when they see that you’re ready to feed them with your breast milk.


It is advisable to always feed on cue. It’s better to meet their needs by allowing them to feed whenever they want to avoid unnecessary baby noises around the house. Their bodies tell them that they need to eat to nourish their bodies. The cue for this would mostly be crying. If this happens try to pacify them first before you start offering them your breast milk.


Newborns despite the fact that they really don’t have a complicated and logical mind to work with feel it when they need to feed. Their stomachs will also tell them to stop feeding when it’s already full.


It’s actually a no-brainer. Newborns should be fed on cue rather than on schedule. You don’t have to analyze their feeding patterns. Their bodies know when to say start and when to signal stop as well.


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