Do you feed your baby on demand?

I did.

Whenever they were hungry, upset or simply needed a little warm milk to send them off  to dreamland, I would simply latch them on.

I always figured a schedule would miraculously emerge, but when it didn’t I just gave in and fed them on demand.

I had no idea I was boosting their brain power. But, according to a study published in the European Journal of Public Health, that’s exactly what I was doing.

The study found that, whether from the bottle or the breast, babies who were fed when they cried scored up to five points higher on IQ tests by the time they were 8 years old than those who were fed on a schedule determined by their parents.

This baby is one month old.

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Interesting, isn’t it?

Not really. All our children want is to be heard and to feel loved, and what better way to show them those things than to run to them when they cry and feed them when they’re hungry.

Although I was constantly tired and reprimanded by many for my decision to follow my children’s lead, I feel good reading this study today. It just reinforces to me that we should all follow our hearts and trust in our own maternal instincts.

Our children can only benefit from it.

Do you feed your baby on demand?