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Mommy & Baby: Feeding Philosophies

 by: Kirsten Hawkins

This should be easy, right? Your baby is hungry, and you feed him. What’s the big deal? The big deal is that there are so many philosophies that are thrown at moms regarding this topic. See if any of these sound familiar:

  • Demand-feeding

  • Hyper-scheduling

  • Cry feeding

  • Demand schedule

  • Self-regulating schedule

  • Rigid feeding

  • Cue (responsive) feeding

  • Parent-directed feeding

Confused yet? Most moms are and that’s why they wing it. There are groups that will promote a particular type of feeding based on a political agenda (did you know that how you feed your baby is a politically-correct hot button?) and philosophy. There are others who will condemn you for even considering feeding your child formula, regardless of your reasons.

I’m not going to condemn anyone here or even talk about what to feed your baby. I just want to make you aware of your options and suggest that parent-directed feeding (PDF) is good for babies, mommies, and families in general.   (continued...)

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About The Author

Kirsten Hawkins is a baby and parenting expert specializing new mothers and single parent issues. Visit for more information on how to raising healthy, happy children.