Do you feel like you are breastfeeding all night long?
Breast milk is easier to digest than formula and therefore babies
that are breastfed will wake quicker and more often because they become
Most babies will continue to breastfeed at least
once during the night through the first year. This time can be awesome
as well as frustrating and tiring for mom and dad. Here are some tips
that could make this time a little easier and help with some baby sleep
training on how to stop breastfeeding at night …
Night time breastfeeding tips
- Co sleeping ~ If mom and baby are sleeping in the same bed, mom
could sleep through some of the nursing. When baby gets older, he will
start finding the nipple and start latching himself at night.
- Keep the lights off ~ This will keep baby “sleepy” when you switch the
lights on its like switching the “day switch” on. Breastfeeding with
the lights as dim as possible will keep baby sleepy so that he doesn’t
keep you up after breastfeeding.
can be very helpful for babies until the age of about 2-3 months.
Swaddling baby will increase the length of sleep periods. Moms can nurse
their babies while they are swaddled, this keeps baby calm and baby
might even continue to sleep while being nursed.
- Feed baby before he wakes for a feed. This will ensure that he sleeps through a feed and doesn’t keep mom up at night.
- Remember that night nursing may become more frequent with
growth spurts, illness and during
This will usually last only a few days.
- Try to remain calm and patient.
How to stop breastfeeding at night for night weaning
Tips on gentle weaning at night “night weaning breastfeeding”
- Breastfeed baby just before you go to bed…this will give you a longer stretch of time to sleep
- Make sure baby is drinking enough during the day. This way he might
not be as interested in the breast at night. Make sure that distractions
are minimal during daytime feedings so that baby drinks more.
- You can just say no. When baby is at the age where he can understand
“no” you can just tell him that its sleep time for him and you. Be firm,
but loving and don’t give in.
- A toddler can be told that “foodies" (breast milk) is for day time “foodies is gone until tomorrow” or something like that.
- Make sure baby finishes at least one breast before bed time this will
ensure that he gets in the hindmilk, which is high in fats and will fill
him more than the foremilk.
- Get dad to take over for the night, if necessary sleeping in another room
- Give extra love and affection during the day. Many times baby wakes up at night just because he misses being held.
- When putting baby to sleep make sure he is comfy:
~ Teething can cause pain and discomfort and cause baby to wake up more
often at night. Give baby something before bedtime to relieve pain.
~ Body temperature. Everyone has a difficult time sleeping if they are too cold or too hot.
~ Try keeping solid foods to a minimum before 5 months as this could cause abdominal cramping and baby sleep problems.
- Express some milk for baby before bedtime that dad can give him when he wakes
- Mom can start adding some solid foods to baby’s diet during the day
from 5 months onwards. You can add things like rice cereal or soft
fruit. This will get him drinking less at night and therefore encourage