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demand feeding Caleb Levi's Mommy TTC TTC since Aug 2013; 1 child; St Catharines, Ontario 1197 posts
19th May '12

My lo is 3 weeks today and was born at 34 weeks. I've been feeding him on a schedule but do you think it would be okay if I started feeding him on demand?

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11958 posts
19th May '12
Quoting Mrs. Sheldon Cooper:" My lo is 3 weeks today and was born at 34 weeks. I've been feeding him on a schedule but do you think it would be okay if I started feeding him on demand?"


as in stretching longer between feedings? Or feeding sooner?



do you BF or formula feed?



If he's on a schedule now.. you may find his "on demand" will just follow the schedule. They get used to it and their body starts wanting in based on teh schedule.

Inc0gnitus 2 kids; Anchorage, Alaska 4325 posts
19th May '12

Depends, if it's formula it's very easy to fall into a vicious cycle of over feeding then projectile which will make them fussy which will make you think they're hungry again. If BF'd, absolutely! I have done both btw.

deanna2012 Due May 18 (boy); 2 kids; McKeesport, Pennsylvania 628 posts
19th May '12

I do my son was born at 31 weeks when we went home after beein in the nicu for 2 weeks he was on his every 3 hr feedings til at night then he went to every 2 hrs now hes every 4 hrs i always feed him when hes hungry his pedi said it was fine when we went to his weight checks every week ta two weeks she said that as long as he is getin his weight hell b fine

Caleb Levi's Mommy TTC TTC since Aug 2013; 1 child; St Catharines, Ontario 1197 posts
19th May '12

I am breastfeeding. I'm guessing it would be closer together sometimes and further apart sometimes.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
19th May '12
Quoting Mrs. Sheldon Cooper:" My lo is 3 weeks today and was born at 34 weeks. I've been feeding him on a schedule but do you think it would be okay if I started feeding him on demand?"


My Dr (high risk pediatrician) said not until she was 12lbs. This happened at 6 months old, so until then I fed her every 3 hours. She was much earlier then yours though.

Pretty ♥ face Japan 1225 posts
19th May '12

Feed on demand. But you probably shouldn't let it go more than 2 hours in between feedings. I was told to feed my preemie every 2 hours for the first month

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11958 posts
19th May '12
Quoting Mrs. Sheldon Cooper:" I am breastfeeding. I'm guessing it would be closer together sometimes and further apart sometimes."


absolutely. Just remember everytime a baby cries it doesn't mean he needs to eat. BF on demand is good for mlk supply.

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd May '12

On demand!! It is better for your supply.