Responsive feeding is most effective, and easiest, when breastfeeding. That is because babies can take as little or a much breastmilk as they like. Breastfed babies are in control of how much milk they get, and that is why you don’t need to worry about overfeeding.
You can learn to recognise the cues that your baby is hungry, and offer the breast before they get upset. You can also offer the breast because your baby is upset, tired or just needs to be close to you.
Breastfeeding is a two-way relationship. You can offer your breast to your baby if you need to, whether that is because your breasts feel full or uncomfortable, or because you want to have some quiet, relaxing time with your baby!
This way of feeding can help make parenting easier. Babies who are fed this way tend to be calmer. It can also help you if you feel anxious about your baby being upset as you can feel confident that you are able to offer your breast at any time and it almost always helps!