One of the major problems new breastfeeding mamas face is how to get that baby on a great feeding schedule....
One of the major problems new breastfeeding mamas face is how to get that baby on a great feeding schedule. You may have read books that provide point-by-point information about baby feeding schedules. My advice -- forget that. 753594_spring_family_2.jpgBabies have their own schedule. Trying to force a schedule will not only upset your baby but make you crazy and lead to breastfeeding frustrations. The absolute perfect feeding schedule is the one your baby creates on her own. She's not being a diva she just wants to eat when she wants and every single baby is different. Babies can go 15 minute or three hours before getting hungry again. By feeding her when she wants she'll breastfeed better and feel happier and thus you will be a happier mama. Some babies really love breastfeeding; so much so that they'd suckle all day if they could. Other babies do set a schedule of sorts but it's still their own schedule. My son was fickle. He had days where he did want to breastfeed a bunch and other days where he seemed bored with the entire process. I tried to go with the flow. If your baby wants to eat and you say, "Nope it's not 6pm yet" that can make your baby cranky and hungry and deprive her of nutrients her growing body needs. If you have a lazy eater as in a baby who frequently seems not hungry you'll know she's getting enough milk by her output. A newborn should have around 6-8 wet diapers and at least 3 icky diapers (newborn poop is that yellow kind of seedy looking poop). After the first two or three weeks it's much easier to judge if your baby's getting enough to eat because she'll be gaining around 1/2 - 1 oz a day until around four months. If she's not talk to her pediatrician.

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