This is when a baby swaps his/her days for the nights and starts to nurse more
at night than during the day. Reverse cycling is normal and does not
necessarily need to be changed unless the mother feels that she can’t cope. It
doesn’t matter when your baby is receiving milk, just as long as he/she is
getting in enough. Don't know whether your baby is drinking enough?
What Causes Reverse Cycling
Disturbances during breastfeeding sessions, which are usually due to the baby becoming distracted, stressed out or if the mother returns to work.
The mother might be very busy during the day, especially if she has other children that
she needs to see to. She might not get enough time to sit and
breastfeed her baby enough during the day, and this can also contribute to the baby needing to feed more at night. A busy mother should consider using a
Newborns, naturally sometimes confuse days with nights.
How to Handle a Distracted Baby
This is a normal developmental stage that all babies go through and is usually worse during growth spurts.
Mothers can swaddle younger babies, to keep them from becoming distracted and from moving their arms and legs all over the place.
Ensure that the baby has easy access to the breasts during the night. Co-sleeping can be done, not only by keeping the baby in the same bed as yourself but by keeping the baby's bed next to your own bed and having your baby just an arm's reach away. This also ensures that the intimacy between you and your partner is not hampered.
Allowing your baby to nurse more just before bedtime, will ensure a more extended stretch of sleep before the next feeding is necessary.
Use the tips above, on how to work with a distractible baby.
Make extra time during the day to nurse as often as possible, get somebody to help you with other chores, if possible. Breastfeed at least every 2 hours.