Which is best for breastfeeding?
One of the most important factors to consider when scheduling is how long you plan to breastfeed...if at all. Milk supply is determined by those first days and weeks, so limiting baby's time at the breast by timed feedings or a certain amount of time between them can adversely affect it. Many strict schedulers find their milk supplies dwindling around 4 months, which is when milk becomes less driven by hormones and more by supply and demand. Often the goal of schedules are to have baby sleeping through the night as early as possible, but that also has a negative effect on milk supplies.
Is mom going back to work?
Moms who are planning to go back to work soon after baby's birth may find it easier to pump on a schedule rather than train baby to breastfeed and then transition to the bottle. Keep in mind, however, that you'll be giving up some of the benefits of breastfeeding, like the ability for mom to make antibodies for her baby's illnesses. A daycare baby would probably benefit from some sort of schedule, and it's probably inevitable. If you wish to balance some of the pros and cons of each style, you could attachment parent at night and on weekends, which can ease the anxiety of both mom and baby after being away from each other all day. As much as women are told these days that they shouldn't mind being away from their baby for long periods, it's just not how they're biologically wired.
What is your view on child phsycology?
In generations past there was a view that letting a baby's needs be met quickly would lead to a "spoiled" child as they grew older. These children would be demanding and require lots of their parents' time, just like they did as babies. Studies have seemed to suggest the opposite, however. Babies who feel secure tend to show more outgoing behaviors as older children. Sometimes people are rooted in their belief about the correct way to parent. If you are unsure about what's normal for babies you may want to check out these sleep studies. In short, many babies wake up at night, even past their first birthday.
How flexible is your life?
Sometimes the postpartum year can be very overwhelming, and having more of a schedule to your day can make a great improvement. If you need to leave the house to take your older kids to school every day at 7:30, you may want to wake the baby for a feeding at 7:00. That being said, let your schedule be a help and not your master. Schedules can make us feel inadequate and like we always have something hanging over our heads. A stay-at-home-mom is obviously going to have more flexibility to take care of baby's needs when they actually come up instead of at a set time.
Ultimately, the decision to put a baby on a schedule is only the parents' to make. I hope you stay open-minded that what you thought you would do might need to change if you, your baby, or the rest of the family is unhappy with the situation.