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Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Breastfeeding Through The Night"
By Leah Diffey, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
“How is your baby sleeping?”
“Does he sleep through the night yet?”
“Have you thought about giving him cereal so he will sleep through the night?”
“Aren’t you going to train her to sleep so you can get your rest?”
Many new mothers hear questions like these in the first year of their baby’s life. These questions imply that an infant should sleep through the night as soon as possible which may cause a mom to second guess her baby’s frequent waking, but the research shows that it is normal and healthy for babies to wake throughout the night. This helps with development, bonding, and milk supply. The good news for breastfeeding moms is that they get better sleep than those who supplement. Responding to a baby’s natural night waking with breastfeeding produces a happy and healthy mom and baby!
Read past issues of the Breastfeeding Newsletter