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    Default explain demand feeding?

    My MCHN reccomends demand feeding. I told her i was doing that untill My sleep consultant (i dont see anymore) said not to feed ds under 3hrs as he's snack feeding and Not to offer the breast before sleep. Which i liked to do as it calmed ds down and was actually a sleep cue for him. She said im mixing up his hunger signs with his tired signs.
    MCHN didnt either disagree or agree, she just said "but if he demands it, dont refuse him". Yet i was told different by the other lady..to make him go 3 hours between feeds.

    im so confused. What is the difference between demand feeding and snack feeding?

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    Demand feeding (in my knowledge) is feeding whenever bub wants it, regardless of whether it is a snack, comfort or full feed.

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    I would agree with HippyGirl. Demand feeding is feeding whenever bub wants. To me, making bub go no less than 3 hours would definately be scheduled feeding, which I don't thing is very good for supply. I feed for hunger, but also comfort and to settle when need be. I could never get through 'witching' hour (or hours in our case) in the evenings if I didn't feed to settle!

    Snack feeding is pretty common, or bub could be going through a growth sput if feeding more frequently. I've never bothered trying to change the habits when my 2 have snack fed, so don't have any advice on trying to stop that sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippyGirl85 View Post
    Demand feeding (in my knowledge) is feeding whenever bub wants it, regardless of whether it is a snack, comfort or full feed.
    This is what i think also. It's how I started with all 4 of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HippyGirl85 View Post
    Demand feeding (in my knowledge) is feeding whenever bub wants it, regardless of whether it is a snack, comfort or full feed.
    That's what I've always thought. The baby 'demands' it and you provide it, no matter if it's for hunger, comfort, settling etc.

    I did it with both of mine.

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    my sleep lady was insistent on getting ds into a predictable routine, which meant schedule feeding - which i found hard. I felt my supply dropped, waiting untill the clock said to feed again.
    You make alot of sense missie Mack, thankyou

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    Quote Originally Posted by HippyGirl85 View Post
    Demand feeding (in my knowledge) is feeding whenever bub wants it, regardless of whether it is a snack, comfort or full feed.
    What HippyGirl 85 said and i did this with all three of mine,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Muffet View Post
    my sleep lady was insistent on getting ds into a predictable routine, which meant schedule feeding - which i found hard. I felt my supply dropped, waiting untill the clock said to feed again.
    You make alot of sense missie Mack, thankyou
    It is hard with a bf bub. If you are happy feeding on demand and to sleep- go forint. It is the biological norm and also good or your milk supply. Sounds like you are doing great

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    Personally I think the routine feeding advice you got was pretty dodgy. what if you baby is hungry/thirsty more often than 3 hours? Babies will not always comply with our routines and expectations. I'm not saying it is you who is being unreasonable.. it sounds like this sleep "expert" is. At a young age, babies are not able to distinguish a want from a need. so yes, they may want to feed for many reasons. However, of course you can train a baby to feed only every 3 hours. It won't necessarily be good for your milk supply or your babies weight gain unfortunately.

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    I have also been wondering about routines and breast feeding. A lot of "experts" say that baby's thrive and are happier on routines, but I tried and think for my baby it's best to stick with on demand and feeding to sleep. There are so many different recommendations and all I want to do is do right by my baby.

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