How mothers recognize how much milk the newborn needs and when? Do you Follow a Newborn Breastfeeding Routine? Mothers usually have a lot of questions. The first weeks were relatively turbulent for us, especially when it came to breastfeeding. But after a few weeks, a kind of breastfeeding routine set in. which was anything but relaxed for us. With a little bit of envy, I’ve always observed friends whose babies drank deeply in the chest.
In this article, I am going to share with you my ideas and tips for having a routine with your baby. It would be great to hear your advice too, so please feel free to share below and read each other’s ideas.
In order for me to understand my baby’s needs and to avoid unnecessarily latching my baby. My sore nipples only for her to use me as a dummy and fall asleep. I have found it vital to follow a routine. The advice I was given by the midwives, breastfeeding counselors, and health visitors are to feed on demand. Only offer her one boob for a feed, and allow the baby to stay on the boob for as long as they need. This just didn’t work for me. I had to stop feeding my first baby after five weeks. Just Because my nipples just couldn’t recover, and I couldn’t cure my mastitis and blocked ducts.
I decided to do things differently when my second baby was born, in order to breastfeed for as long as possible. Furthermore, as a working mother, I need to be able to fit teaching in between feeds. Also I need to get my older daughter too, and from nursery and other commitments. Without a Newborn Breastfeeding Routine, all of this would be impossible.
You are strongly advised against Newborn Breastfeeding Routine with your baby in the early weeks. But I think you are actually being advised against leaving your baby to cry when they need to be fed. I never leave my baby to cry. Instead, I have listened to my baby’s needs and have set a routine. So that I can then work out how to fit the rest of my life around it.
Newborn Feeding Schedule – Routine
Routine: week 1
In the first week of my second baby’s life, I make sure I fed her every three hours in the daytime (or more if she demanded it). During the night, I would wake her if she went longer than six hours. Without a feed because the midwives at the hospital told me it was dangerous to leave her for long. In order to avoid getting sore nipples, I followed the ideas suggested by Gina Ford in The New Contented Little Baby Book. She suggests feeding for five minutes on each side on day one for each feed and then building it up a few minutes each day.
Routine: week two and beyond
I have continued to use Gina Ford’s suggestions for duration of feeds on each boob to avoid sore nipples. As a guide, although my feeds are about five minutes longer because my baby seems to need more.
Until my baby slept through the night, I found it quite difficult to follow Gina Ford’s feeding times. So I usually fed my baby every three hours during the daytime (or more if she demanded it). I kept trying to follow Gina Ford so that I could teach a lesson between the first two feeds of the day, and by eight weeks. We were loosely following the Gina Ford timings. I added a bottle after the second feed of the day to get a good sleep in over lunchtime. I give her two bottles in the evening because my baby wanted to cluster feed, and my nipples couldn’t cope.
With regards to Gina Ford’s nap times, I have used those as a very helpful rough guide. I don’t go crazy trying to get my baby to sleep in a darkened room at home, but do whatever is necessary. For example, taking the baby out in the buggy or in the car, or on my lap at a friend’s house with a dummy and white noise. I don’t like being stuck at home all the time, so I would hate to be in a situation where my baby was only able to nap at home.
Getting baby to sleep
I was often concerned in the early weeks, I needed to feed my baby when she was actually tired. It is so heavily drummed into us that we should feed on demand, that the subject of sleep is often overlooked. My baby is very good at sleeping, but she finds it quite hard to actually go to sleep. She doesn’t like being rocked or bounced as my first baby did and strangely goes crazy in the car seat and pushchair.
I had discovered that using a dummy has gradually worked. Before that, a white noise app on my phone, and the hoover were the only things that would work. Please share your ideas on sleep below.
When to breastfeed Newborn and when to bottle feed.
In order to keep breastfeeding for as long as possible. it is always important to offer the breast before the bottle. In the first eight weeks, I tried to follow Gina Ford’s timings for breastfeeds. But usually I ended up newborn breastfeeding every three hours because my baby was hungry. I found it hard to stick to her timings if my baby woke up for a feed at 4 or 5 in the morning.
I started giving my baby a bottle last thing at night during week two because she wouldn’t settle. She then demanded more milk very soon after the second feed of the day during the 2/3 week growth spurt. So I gave her a bottle then and found that it carried her through to the next Gina Ford feed. I kept doing this, which helped me to get my older daughter from nursery. Quite soon after that, she seemed hungry after the 6.15 pm breastfeeds, so I added another bottle then.
Missing and dropping breastfeeds
I find that missing a breastfeed causes engorgement and then soreness because my baby finds it harder to latch on. I, therefore, try to stick to the same number of breastfeeds and breastfeeding times each day. Even though I do have the option of bottle feeding my baby when out and about instead of a breastfeed. I try to make sure that I make up this breastfeed later in the day to avoid problems.
This can mess the routine up a little since my baby goes a little longer after a bottle feed than after a breastfeed. I plan for sore nipples if you do decide to drop a feed. One strange issue that I have found is that as soon as I drop a feed, my baby demands another feed. I have to give her a bottle at that point, which then pushes the last breastfeed of the day to a later time.
You may dropped the breastfeed before the last bottle of the day during week four because my baby kept falling asleep on my breast. I was getting very sore, so I was then doing five breastfeeds per day, roughly. I dropped the 5/6.15 pm breastfeed at week 12. Just because I found it was more convenient to feed with a bottle when out.
I dropped the 2.15/2.30 breastfeed at week 13. I found this arrangement very convenient because I was then only breastfeeding my baby when my older daughter was at nursery. During week 14, my baby refused to take the breast for the second of my two feeds. I tried to get her to take it for several days, but she only wanted the bottle. I stopped breastfeeding altogether during week 17 when I developed mastitis. Read more when stop breastfeeding a toddler.
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