Benefits of Breastfeeding on Demand

Breastfeeding on demand always has been and probably always will be a source of great controversy. There are those that think babies should be fed at certain times dictated by the mother and that the routine is beneficial to them and there are those that think a baby will tell you when it is hungry and it should always be listened to. But no matter what your opinion, there are clear benefits to breastfeeding on demand.

Babies go through growth spurts and their bodies are changing, their calorific and nutritional needs are changing all the time and this should be taken into account. Sometimes they will need more milk and sometimes they will need less.

Babies that are breastfed on demand may well be getting fed more often than babies that are fed to a schedule, but when they are displaying hunger signs, this means that their body is telling them that they need to be fed. They will be getting the amount of milk that their body says they need rather than the amount of milk that anyone else says they need. Also, babies will tell you when they are hungry and nothing will stop them from crying if they are.

Having trouble feeding or expressing is a common problem during breastfeeding, but the more a baby feeds, the more milk will be available. This means that not only is feeding easier, you also have a larger supply of milk.

Feeding regularly will improve your baby’s digestive system which will help to eliminate things such as heartburn, indigestion and colic, all of which can cause the baby great discomfort.

Babies that are fed on demand have been shown to take longer naps, meaning that you can get a break too.

According to studies, breastfeeding babies on demand can help to get rid of jaundice which occurs in many babies.

Many mothers worry that their baby is not gaining weight quickly enough, but breastfeeding on demand will mean that the baby gains a healthy amount of weight in a safe time frame.

Breastfeeding on demand does not mean that as soon as the baby cries you need to feed them, it means looking for hunger signs such as sucking motions, putting the hands in the mouth and puckering of the lips. There are many reasons why babies cry, so attempting to feed them every time they cried would be counterproductive, but when they display hunger signs then they should be fed.