Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

Night feeding of the child is no less important for the baby than day care.

But almost every nursing mother at a certain stage is faced with the questions of whether it is necessary at all to feed the child at night, to what age to feed and how often it should be done. We will try to figure it out.

For a start, find out whatbenefits of night feeds.

1. Nightly breastfeeding is very important for maintaining lactation and emotional attachment of a young mother and baby.

2. Night milk most fully.

3. Gives an advantage in case mom works or leaves during the day.

4. Prolactin, which is produced more intensively during night feedings, prevents the resumption of ovulation in the mother's body. This is a method of “natural” contraception after childbirth.

From here a conclusion - night feeding of the child provides steady lactation.

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Also on the night feeding of the child is affected by several factors, which include the age of the baby, the type of feeding,as well as sleep and wakefulness.

Age of child

Newborns

For newborns, night feeding is a fairly common process. Sometimes a crumb can wake up at night for a snack up to 10 times. And it does not depend at all on what kind of feeding the baby, breast or artificial.

Children 6 months

Half year old children are already at that age when they can sleep without waking up the whole night. It happens that babies themselves refuse to feed at night, especially if they are artificially fed. This is due to the fact that the formula is absorbed by the body much longer than the mother's milk, so the baby remains full longer.

Reader UAUA.info under the nickname Judyk: At night I fed from a bottle - first with a mixture, then with compote, then with water. When I went to the water (started at 9 months), I stopped waking up, but my daughter was not a breast fan - she sucked and fell off, and ate well during the day.

Read also:Breastfeeding experiences are shared by moms. UAUA.info

1 year old children

At the age of one, children practically do not wake up at night to eat. If it happened, so that the child’s night mode has not changed, this may indicate that the child is undernourished during the daytime or is thirsty.In the case of the desire to drink, you should not offer milk to your baby, just give him water.

Children older than a year are recommended to wean from night feedings, but only after consulting with a pediatrician. If the baby is slowly gaining weight, then it is not recommended to refuse them, since the milk rush from the mother increases at night and the child eats up to the full. But if he is overweight, of course, it is worth canceling the nightly feedings of the child, as it is possible to aggravate the situation. In the case of a child with a normal weight, then only you can decide the question.

Type of feeding baby

Night feeding of a baby who is bottle-fed differs from breast-feeding. Artificial children can be fed strictly by the hour, but children who eat mother's milk are fed on demand. As a result of such feeding, the artificials most often wake up at night at a certain time, and the mode of “babies” is not normalized.

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Sleep and wakefulness

An important factor in the night feeding the child is the mode of daytime sleep and wakefulness.If a child has a short nap, then most likely he will sleep soundly at night and possibly until the morning. If it happens that the child’s daytime sleep is long enough, it is harder for him to sleep in the evening and can often wake up at night.

In order for the nightly feedings of the child to bring him benefit, several basic rules must be observed:

  • don't wake the baby for the next meal - he will wake up when he gets hungry;
  • the older the child, the longer the breaks between feedings;
  • night feeding should take place in a calm atmosphere, it is better not to turn on the light;
  • if the baby fell asleep during the night feeding, wait for him to let go of the breast, and gently put him in the crib.

Thanks to the night feedings of the child, he will always be full, and a full child is a happy and healthy child.

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  • Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

    Night feeding of the child: the basic rules

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