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Organization of feeding: feeding on demand, rhythms


Feeding on demand is the cornerstone of natural feeding. This is what distinguishes it from the breastfeeding regime that was common in the mid-20th century. However, many mothers see in this principle a call for anarchy and constant attachment to the child and sometimes refuse to follow it, even without experiencing it. Meanwhile, on-demand feeding is very convenient for the mother, if it is properly organized. Breastfeeding is a reciprocal process, so speaking of on-demand feeding implies requirements not only from the child, but also from the mother. Mothers usually have heard about the demands of the child, but many of them do not really represent what this requirement is. On the requirements of the mother, most have the most vague idea. So let's deal with these concepts. Feeding at the request of the child Basically, the frequency of attachments is controlled by the child. Any anxiety, crying, or exploratory behavior when the baby turns its head and catches nearby objects with its mouth is an expression of the requirement to attach itself to the chest. A child can make such movements even in a dream, and he can and should be given a chest to a sleepy one, he will suck without waking up. The babe of the first months of life should be applied to the chest for any reason, giving him the opportunity to suck breast when he wants and how much he wants. This is necessary not only for the satiation of the child, but also for his psychoemotional comfort. In moments of anxiety, for psychological comfort, the baby can be applied to the breast up to 4 times per hour. In total, the baby's first months of life during the day is 12-20 feedings. As a rule, this frequency scares inexperienced moms. First, they are, at times, afraid to overfeed the baby. However, such concerns are unfounded. The gastrointestinal tract of a newborn in any mammal, including a human cub, is not adapted for feeding by the hour, but for continuous feeding! Breast milk can be absorbed in the intestines in unlimited quantities, due to the fact that it contains enzymes for its own processing. Thus, breast milk is a unique food that helps itself absorb. That is why it is absorbed better than any super-mixture. On the other hand, moms are afraid that the baby will suck almost continuously. However, the requirements of the child are not chaotic, but are distributed throughout the day in a certain rhythm to which any mother can tune. In a healthy baby during the first 2 months of life, the approximate interval between requirements during the daytime is 1-1.5 hours, at night the interval can increase and the child only gets 3-4 times applied overnight. In general, sucking accompanies the sleep of the infant in the stages of falling asleep and awakening. Starting from 2 months, applications become more rare. The interval between them increases to 1.5-2 hours, but feeding still surrounds the child’s dreams. Night rhythm of attachment does not change. By 4-6 months, breastfeeding becomes even rarer, but, nevertheless, their number does not fall below 12 feedings per day and they are still associated with sleep. This is the optimal number of attachments to the baby's chest to ensure normal lactation. Some children suck much more often, and some less often than this rhythm. Why it happens? If there are reasons for discomfort, the frequency of the child’s demands increases, and he begins to suck more often and longer. Long sucking compensates for stress, and on his mother's hands, he feels completely safe. As soon as the discomfort is overcome, the baby returns to the frequency of attachment appropriate for his age. The smaller the baby, the longer it takes to overcome the discomfort. Very often and for a long time, children who have experienced childbirth and have an elevated anxiety status suck. As soon as stress is compensated, and this can take from several days to several weeks, the frequency of sucking decreases to normal. And in what cases do children suck less often? If the child sleeps a lot and for a long time, it is applied every 2.5-4 hours. As a rule, this is a baby accustomed to such breaks in the maternity hospital, or who has suffered severe stress, which he tries to compensate during sleep. Long prolonged sleep is also characteristic of weak, premature, sick children. However, this is not a physiological norm, and sooner or later it will affect the state of lactation and the state of the child. Female breast is designed for the physiological norm of requirements, which is never less than 12 times a day. With a decrease in the number of applications, the amount of milk produced gradually decreases and disappears. The child, in turn, is designed for frequent intake of small portions of milk. The increase in the interval between the attachments leads to the overstretching of the stomach walls; the child needs a portion much larger than the one he can absorb. Therefore, most often, with such feeding, after a few weeks or months, even if there is enough milk in the mother, the child begins to lose weight worse. For such a child, feeding at the request of the mother, which will not allow him to “wake up” the feeding, will be very relevant. By the way, the opinion that it is a long sleep that will compensate for the baby’s stress is not supported by anything, nature has intended the child a single physiological compensation mechanism - a long stay in the mother’s arms with a long sucking breast.
The sooner the baby understands this, the sooner he will get rid of his problems. What does this feeding look like? Feeding at the request of the mother Mother and child are after childbirth an inseparable symbiosis, almost a single organism that coherently works in a single rhythm, just as it happened in the process of carrying a child. Certainly, the mother plays the leading role in this symbiosis, however, the wishes of both parties are equal and must accordingly be satisfied. Mom has a need to attach the baby to her breast, just as strong as the baby has to suck her. It occurs every 1.5-2 hours during the day and 3-4 times per night. In the first days of feeding, when the mother starts flushing milk, she discovers this need very easily. As soon as the baby tries to sleep for more than 1.5 hours, the mother immediately fills her breasts. As a rule, many mothers wait patiently for the baby to wake up and after a while they stop to orient themselves in their own needs. In fact, there are no obstacles to offer a breast to a sleepy baby, especially after he has slept for more than an hour. If the mother brings the baby to her breast and begins to irritate the baby’s lower sponge with her nipple, she will open her mouth and begin to catch the nipple. Every mother needs to know, feeding and sleeping a child are processes that do not interfere with each other and can go in parallel. Moreover, babies prefer to sleep under the mother's breast, sucking it peacefully. That is why, guided by its internal rhythm, the mother should offer the baby herself with a frequency of once every 1-2 hours during the day and 3-4 times at night. As a rule, the rhythms of the mother and the child adapt to each other and after a while (for some mothers it takes a couple of weeks, for others a few months), the breast ceases to overflow. Mom is already guided not by the tides, but by some kind of “internal clock”, which, according to the observations of the researchers, correspond to the above rhythm. If the mother’s internal rhythms were violated, she can easily restore them simply by looking at her watch. It is especially important to control the frequency of attachments for weak children (sick, low-weight, premature). However, the mother should be concerned if any child does not attach to her breast for a long time. This is especially true for babies of the first 3 months of life. When the child gets older, feeding at the request of the mother allows her to establish the normal rhythm of the day and have time to do all her household chores. It is much more convenient to offer the baby the breast when it is convenient for the mother and then go about their business for a while, being sure that the baby is full. True, a child who received the breast only at will and never at the request of the mother can refuse to “suddenly” fulfill her wishes. This violation of behavior, which was simply unthinkable among our distant ancestors, or among contemporaries who have preserved the archaic culture, occurs quite often among civilized mothers and their children. If the mother does not start to play the leading role in the symbiosis, in particular, monitor the attachment of the child, his feeding, instead of grouping around dreams, will be distributed throughout the day so randomly that her life will really turn into chaos! Moms who are just so imagine feeding on demand, in fact, absolutely not guided by the laws of nature. Nature could not make this process necessary for survival so uncomfortable and erratic. Is it really possible to imagine any native woman or African woman who is settling down to feed her child at any moment without complying with her surroundings? In the wild, the situation may not be at all conducive to a relaxed meal. Mom can at this moment be busy looking for food, run away from a predator, etc. It is the mother who determines the most convenient and peaceful time to feed the baby. Of course, we are talking about a mother who is guided by the needs of the child, and will look for a convenient time in accordance with his rhythms. Our baby is designed for exactly the same relationship with mom as any African baby, but he needs to be taught this. He is ready to apply at the request of the mother and learn to integrate into her rhythms, if the mother demonstrates them to him, that is, from the very beginning the breast offers not only when she wants, but also in those moments when she needs it. Thus, feeding at the request of the mother is a necessary condition for the organization of natural feeding of a child of any age. In the first 2-3 months of a child's life, it allows you to maintain an adequate rhythm of attachments, provides optimal stimulation and emptying of the breast, prevents the development of lumps and lactostasis. For children with downed physiological rhythms, after heavy labor, etc., feeding at the request of the mother is the only way to establish a full lactation and achieve a good weight gain. Subsequently, it is the feeding on demand of the mother that is the beginning of the upbringing and helps the mother to comfortably organize the breastfeeding. Therefore, dear mommies, do not be afraid to feed on demand, it can be arranged very conveniently, and if you don’t, please contact the specialists and they will always help you!
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Organization of feeding: feeding on demand, rhythms

  1. Principles and methods of feeding and recommendations related to feeding
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  2. World Health Organization. Baby Feeding, 1998

  3. FEEDING METHODS
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