Lactation − how to facilitate feeding at night?

Lactation − how to facilitate feeding at night?

Feeding your baby is a very popular and often controversial subject discussed by many specialists.

Feeding your baby is a very popular and often controversial subject discussed by many specialists. It is obvious that breast milk contains many valuable ingredients that have a positive impact on the development of the baby, strengthening his/her resistance, although modern modified milk is not only safe, but also full of vitamins and minerals. Regardless of what decision you make, you will definitely wonder how to facilitate feeding your baby at night. 

The need for close contact

In the first months of life, feeding a child is very intense, because it is the only food that your baby takes. You have to do it regularly, day and night. Then, when your toddler is already 9-12 months, you usually feed your baby with milk only from once to twice a day, because the baby is expanding the diet with new taste sensations provided for instance by carrots and apple. The need for close contact with the child does not necessarily mean that he/she is hungry, although it is often signalled by weeping. Remember that the child calms down, feeling the warmth and the heartbeat of the mother, and the only way to communicate it can be confused with hunger by the parent. An important difference between natural and modified milk is the caloric content, so children are more satiated and sleep longer if the latter option is used. You need to closely observe the parameters of the child, not to lead to a too rapid weight gain. 

Feeding at night

While feeding the baby during the day is not really problematic, especially when your toddler has a rhythm of eating, so many nights, especially those in the first months of life, are particularly tough for the parents. Regardless of whether the mother breast-feeds or prepares modified milk. Getting up, removing the baby from the cot, feeding, putting to sleep and placing in the cot − these activities are often difficult and tiring for young mothers. Therefore, wanting to make night feeding easier, more and more young mothers decide to sleep with the child. So the mother does not have to get up at night to feed the newborn. Not everyone agrees that the solution is safe, so it is worth considering not placing the child in your bed, but buying a side crib that is placed next to parents' bed. As a result, your toddler will gain space, and during the night feeding mum does not have to get up. This solution is considered by many young parents a great convenience when there is a new family member.     

Not only feeding

Sleeping close to the mother not only facilitates feeding, it is also very important for the baby − it builds closeness, and also provides a sense of security. Remember that the rhythm of sleep of a child in the first weeks of life is much different compared to adults. It is easy to wake the child up due to the fact that a large proportion of sleep (specialists in sleep studies claim that it is up to 80%) falls on the active phase of sleep, known as REM. During this time, the child's brain is very active and therefore far more strongly responds to stimuli coming from the outside. It also noted that a sense of closeness with the parents allows for proper operation of neurotransmitters, and so sleeping together allows for proper development of the nervous system. Such closeness allows to maintain normal levels of serotonin (responsible for mood), dopamine (responsible for mobility and feeling of joy), noradrenaline (responsible for energy) and acetylcholine (responsible for memory).