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My friend said she fed her baby every three hours to establish a routine from the start. What do you think?

The best way to feed your baby is to feed on demand, whether you choose to breast or bottle feed. That means to give her what ever she wants when she wants it. This way your baby will naturally develop a good routine, which will include sleeping through the night for you.

A baby needs to take sufficient calories over a 24 hour period to grow and develop. If you restrict your baby's feeds during the day to every three hours, then she will need to wake more often during the night to take in the calories she has not taken during the day. It is always tiring with a newborn baby, rest when ever the baby rests and try not to worry about housework. At this early stage concentrate on feeding the baby, she will develop a better routine over the next few weeks.

Demand feeding is the recommended way to feed your baby. Parents will get to know when their baby wants to be fed. This is your baby and you must decide how you want to care for it. Another thing to think about is how you will deal with a crying baby who wants to feed earlier than it should according to the regime you establish or who can’t manage to feed when your clock suggest it should?

You could discuss this with your friend aswell as your Midwife and Health Visitor.



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