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Feeding your baby at night

Night feeding is an important factor in successful breastfeeding. They need to both moms and kids: sucking at night, especially towards morning, well stimulates the production of prolactin – the hormone responsible for milk production. On the other hand, breastfeeding babies, due to their physiological and psychological characteristics, not ready to make big breaks between feedings. Overnight breaks in feeding can lead to dehydration newborn baby, and slow weight gain, and my mother can decrease the amount of milk to form its stagnation (stasis),which, in turn, can lead to mastitis

If the baby Wakes up for night feedings?
If the baby born is sleeping next to mom, for night feedings he almost never fully wakes up. In the period of REM sleep, the child starts to suck her lips, makes a “search engine” traffic, worried, not waking up fully. Mom at this point, wakes up, puts a baby to your chest and dozing off or falling asleep. In this situation it turns out that the baby is sleeping through the night, periodically sucking on a breast. Mom also time to relax, because she doesn’t have to get up and comfort the child in other ways.

Do I Need to Wake the baby for feeding?
Children, sleeping next to her mother at birth, usually give yourself to know about the necessity of breastfeeding. However, some newborns don’t always Wake up for feeding – for example, babies sleeping separately from their mothers, may pretty quickly cease to Wake up at night. Most likely will not choose to Wake up prematurely or physiologically immature infants, immunocompromised children, toddlers after drug delivery. In these cases, the child at night have to Wake to feed.

How often the child wakes in the night?
How often the child wakes in the nightThe frequency of feedings depends on the age and individual characteristics of the child. Typically, what kid under more frequent night feedings. Most of the children to six months already have relatively long night’s sleep without feeding, and the need to breastfeed is shifted to the second half of the night, closer to morning. This mode of feeding is maintained over almost the entire period of breastfeeding. Gradually decreasing the frequency of the “dawn” of applying. The kids that are on the way to the end of breastfeeding, stop breastfeeding at night. Frequent nighttime breastfeeding is celebrated during the “growth spurts” when the child is more frequent attachment stimulates increased milk volume, in times of illness, teething, in the presence of psychological discomfort.

Will the baby sleep better after weaning?
There is no guarantee that after the end of breastfeeding a child’s dream will become stronger or longer, it is individual. Night feedings stimulate children to Wake up several times during the night, and some children after weaning really start to sleep without waking up. Up to 2-3 years, the child may Wake up often enough, and if breastfeeding continues – mom can quickly calm your baby: he will suckle half asleep and easily falls asleep again. After graduating you will have to use other means – for example, a pacifier or a bottle, rocking on his hands, to light the room. To calm your baby, you will need more time and effort. After weaning the child for a long time may remain the need for sucking. Up to 1.5-2 years it is better not to limit, otherwise the baby may begin to satisfy it in some other ways – for example, sucking a finger or items, the edge of the blanket, while falling asleep rubbing her mother’s hand.

Whether in the night “accumulate” milk?
In the body nursing mothers milk is produced continuously. The less milk remains in the breast, the faster produces new; conversely, the fuller Breasts, the more milk is produced more slowly. If mom would always wait until the chest is filled up, the body can interpret it as a signal that too much milk is produced, and lactation will be reduced. For this reason, long breaks in feeding should be avoided.

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