Should I schedule my baby’s feeds?
Most babies should not be fed on a schedule. Rather, they should be fed when they show hunger signs. Like adults, they don’t always want to eat at a set time. An arbitrary schedule can make the baby upset and cause problems such as poor growth or obesity. The mother can develop painful nipples and breasts. Schedules are only needed if the babies are unable to breastfeed normally such as those who are weak newborns or are born very prematurely. Babies who sleep more than five hours may need to be woken to feed.