Posted by Krystal Duhaney, RN, BSN, IBCLC Jan 4th, 2024

Breastfeeding And Sleep: Tips For A Restful Night For Moms

Breastfeeding And Sleep: Tips For A Restful Night For Moms

‘Tis the season for sleepless nights.

Breastfeeding moms know how sleep can become a precious commodity. While breastfeeding and being a mom is filled with countless joys, it’s no secret that nighttime feeds can leave mothers feeling exhausted. However, with a few thoughtful strategies and a positive mindset, breastfeeding moms can enjoy a more restful night.

It’s important to remember that babies usually double their weight by six months, and triple it by a year. Expect your baby to feed at night, so you won’t resent it. This will help keep up your positive mindset.

Research Safe Sleeping Practices

Decide what sleep practice is best for you and your baby. Co-sleeping works for some, or just having the baby in the room with you sleeping in a sidecar or bassinet. Either way, make sure you are comfortable with your decision and you have researched the best practices. Co-sleeping can be convenient, but can also pose risks for suffocation. The most important thing is your baby's safety. Make sure to have a firm mattress and to remove any soft bedding or pillows, loose strings, or toys. Also, you do not want your baby to be too warm. Speak with your doctor and pediatrician to help find what sleeping arrangement works best for you.

Establish a Consistent Nighttime Routine

Routines can be a lifesafer for families and for tired moms! Establishing a consistent bedtime routine will help signal to your body, and your baby, that it is time to wind down and go to sleep. Some common routines start with a warm bath, lotion massage, gentle lullabies and a few calming bedtime books or stories before nursing. The key is consistency. Then, over time and practice, your baby will start to associate these cues with sleep, which makes a smooth bedtime process.

Keep Nighttime Feeds Low-Key

As hard as it can be sometimes, maintaining a calm and serene atmosphere for night time feedings can help you and your baby get back to sleep after your nursing session. Avoid bright lights, stimulating activities (I.E. watching TV on your phone), and any other unnecessary interactions. Consider a comfortable chair or nursing pillow with the lights dimmed. Keeping a soothing environment will not only help you remain calm, which in turn will help calm your baby, but will also promote better sleep for you and your baby.

Embrace Restful Nights

Breastfeeding and sleep do not have to be mutually exclusive. Trust your instincts, stay positive, and keep in mind while it seems like you will never sleep through the night again, this is just a short stage in the grand scheme of life. Know that a good night’s sleep is within reach for you mama, you’ve got this!

As always, we would love to hear from you! Was this article helpful? What other topics do you have questions about? Reach out to us on our Facebook page, or message us on Instagram. This is your place to get advice from our team of Milky Mama experts and seasoned breastfeeding moms. If you are needing more one-on-one help book a call with one of our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants here.The Milky Mama team is here to support you during all stages of your breastfeeding journey!

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