As adorable as they are, babies have no respect for your time. When they want something, they really don't care if it's 4 p.m. or 4 a.m. It's not at all unusual to feel like you do nothing but feed them, change them, and put them to sleep, and it can be maddening. Spacing out a baby's feedings can be a good place to start to try and make your days a bit more manageable. If you're looking for answers on how to get your baby on a feeding schedule, however, there are a few things you should know.
First of all, newborn babies need to eat when they need to eat, so don't expect to start working on a schedule as soon as you get home from the hospital. Secondly, if you're a breastfeeding mom, feeding your baby on a schedule does come with some risks. According to La Leche League International (LLLI), spacing out feedings can hurt your supply and change the fat content of your milk. If you're OK with those risks or if you're a formula feeding mother, sticking to a schedule can bring sanity back to your life.
Here are seven ways to start getting your baby to eat on a schedule.