Should You Feed Your Baby on Demand or on a Schedule?
Until Dr. Spock came along in the late 1940s, most babies were fed on a
strict schedule. The hope was that they would soon come to follow a schedule
and make life easier for the parents. This schedule would also teach them that
their every whim was not going to be met in this world. Some still feel this is
Others believe in listening to the signals each infant puts out. His body
sends signals of hunger when appropriate and signals of being satisfied when
the right amount of milk has been taken. And almost always, this is the correct
amount to promote optimal growth.
Additionally, some (like the psychiatrist Erik Erickson) believe that by
meeting a young infant's needs as they arise, the infant develops a sense of
basic optimism and trust in the world.
So this author counsels to feed on demand. Your baby knows best what he
needs. Follow his lead with regard to feeding and you'll rarely go wrong.