“When I was pregnant with Caroline, I read SO many posts and articles about how to be successful at breastfeeding. According to everything I read, it was key to feed on demand. I was really drawn to using schedules with her, but it just didn’t appear that it could be done while keeping my supply up (from what I’d read).
Up to the point of delivery, I was convinced that I’d have to feed on demand, and was thus planning on doing so. I’d saved all sorts of baby schedules, but was resigned to the idea that it just wasn’t going to work.
Luckily, Caroline was born at 37 weeks, and doctors put us on a feeding schedule immediately. I am so glad the doctors pointed us in the right direction for our family. We started using schedules immediately, and never turned back!
Caroline is now 3 years old. I was able to breastfeed for a full year, all while using schedules. I couldn’t be happier with how that first year turned out.
Knowing that many breastfeeding moms think schedules are not an option (as I once did), I am on a mission to spread the word that breastfeeding on a schedule is not only possible, it works insanely well!
Here are the reasons I’d recommend breastfeeding on a schedule, versus breastfeeding on demand:
– Regulated supply
Our bodies are insanely smart. If your baby is eating every minute of the day, this can cause your body to overproduce. It literally thinks it needs more milk because baby is eating so much. If you have a set schedule that your baby uses throughout the day, your body learns that schedule and makes the amount of milk needed for that schedule. Even with dropping feeds, my body regulated itself and adjusted it’s supply perfectly.
I breastfed WITHOUT pumping for an entire year! I only pumped in the first few months to have a little freezer stash (I’d do so right after a feeding to keep the schedule). Caroline was sleeping through the night at 4 months, and she was down to only 1 feed per day at 11 months. My body maintained it’s supply throughout all of those changes. Why? Because the changes happened gradually, and we were consistent (due to the schedules).”
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I breastfed Theo on a schedule, and it worked so well for us. I never had any issues with supply, and he was a champion sleeper. I did breastfeed on demand when he was going through a growth spurt, and that’s to be expected. Just because you choose to do something one way doesn’t mean that you have to stick to it 100% of the time. I love Katrina’s post so much.
All of the brilliant mamas of the BFBN are writing on the topic of breastfeeding this week. Check the blog daily for all of the posts!
- Monday: Valerie at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
- Tuesday: Christine at Christine Keys and Kimberly from Team Cartwright
- Wednesday: Katrina from Mama’s Organized Chaos and Natasha from Let’s Be Brave
- Thursday: Caitlin from Twin Mom and More and Carrie from Wiley Adventures
- Friday: Emily from Journey of Parenthood