Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Babywise 101: Feeding

"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank balance smaller, home happier, clothes dirty, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for."

  The most amazing book, when I had my first child, is called "On Becoming Babywise" by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam, MD.  
 Here is a link to his website where it talks about Babywise:


Have you heard of it? Please let me know if you have.
I have heard many people call "the most controversial parenting book." But why? Did they give it chance? What have you heard people say?
I have used the method and have had amazing success with Ben and am beginning it with Ian now. 

When I had Ben I had not come across this book until he was 6 weeks old, I was feeding every hour, sometimes every half hour because ANYTIME he would cry I would feed him. 
I learned my lesson to humble myself when on Thanksgiving Day of 2009, I couldn't calm him down unless I was feeding him. But then he would cry because he got a stomachache from eating too much. I was crying each time I fed him, I was ready to give up because I was tired and emotionally drained.
A very good friend of mine, who raised 9 children, told me to pick the book up and read it. That next day I bought it and my routine with Ben took a 360 degree turn. By 8 weeks old he was sleeping through the night and I had a feeding routine with him. 

Here is the First Part of Babywise 101

Feeding Philosophies:
1. Demand-Feeding
2. Clock Feeding (schedule feeding)
3. Parent-led Feeding

*Hunger cue only
* Random
Feedings can be 20 minutes, 1 hour or 3 hours apart. It changes each time and day. 
If the baby's cue is less than 2 hours each time it can lead to mom fatigue. Fatigue is one of the top 5 reasons why a mom stops breastfeeding. The inconsistency of each feeding also discourages sleeping patterns. 
Clock Feeding
* Strictly by the clock
* Hunger cue not considered
The clock is the  only variable that decides when you should feed your baby. Strict schedule feedings can lead to low milk production for the mom. The number one reason for  giving up breastfeeding. 
Parent-Led Feeding
* Hunger cue 
*Constant of time 
With Parent-Led Feeding you combine the hunger cue AND the clock time for each feeding. 
Parental Assessment is the best method to feed. It gives the mom( or parents) the variable of the hunger cue and clock time when appropriate. It promotes breastfeeding( or even bottle feeding), healthy sleep, and healthy infant weight gain.

How harsh is that? Not harsh at all. 

What are your thoughts? How did you feed your baby? How often?

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