Wed. Oct 5th, 2022
The importance of night feedings in breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is very important in the development of your baby. Discover the benefits of night shots!

Normally, one of the main occupations of motherhood (especially in new mothers) is breastfeeding . And with it can come some concerns, like those to do with night shots .

It is possible that you do not know very well how you have to carry them out, or if you will be able to stay awake at times when your baby demands the breast. But, don’t panic, we will solve all your doubts so that you can take breastfeeding with more peace of mind.

WHY ARE NIGHT SHOTS SO IMPORTANT?

One of the most special moments between a mother and her baby is breastfeeding. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding, on demand, during the first 6 months of the baby’s life. This is because breastfeeding is understood as the best way to feed the newborn, providing all the nutrients that she needs for her development.

From the sixth month, it is advisable to continue breastfeeding, at least until 2 years of age, but supplemented with other varied foods that must be gradually introduced into their diet.

Breast milk will be responsible for strengthening your baby’s immune system, and the moments you will share while you breastfeed will reinforce the connection between the two of you, thus favoring your bond. Of course, this beautiful process will require time and patience, so that the two of you can adapt in the best possible way.

Included in this adaptation are the night shots, which will possibly make you feel tired and wanting (at times) to throw in the towel. For this reason, it is important that you know the benefits they have and some tricks that will help you take it better.

Benefits of night shots

Because experts recommend exclusive and on-demand breastfeeding for the first 6 months, schedules should not be restricted. Thus, the night shots will be as necessary and important as the day shots.

The rhythm will be marked by your baby, who will be asking for your breast every time he is hungry. During the first months, it is normal for the baby to want to breastfeed between 1 and 5 times at night. Little by little you will adapt to this situation.

If your intention is to maintain prolonged breastfeeding, night feedings will be the key to promoting success. The production and levels of breast milk are stimulated by the hormone prolactin , and these levels increase at night! Prolactin has a function that calms and calms, which promotes sleep. This will help you have a greater sense of calm and help you to relax.

One of the recommendations regarding night feeds is that in the calibration phase, when the baby takes long breaks during the night, it should be stimulated by offering the breast.

Night feeds also help prevent mastitis and mammary obstruction, which can occur due to excessively long breaks in feeds. There are some cases in which milk extraction is recommended to drain the breast and maintain production.

On the other hand, the breast calms the newborn when it wakes up and the main cause is not hunger. The emotional ties between the two will be strengthened thanks to skin-to-skin contact. On the other hand, it will reduce the stress environment that can be generated, both for the mother and for the baby. Check out our parenting site for more and great ideas for your new born.

Tips to better take night shots

  • Once you have finished feeding, it is good to put the baby to sleep without rocking him so that he gets used to going back to sleep without external stimuli.
  • Avoid changing his diaper (if it is not strictly necessary) and do not turn on the lights.

Remember that trying to skip feedings won’t do much good, as your baby will be setting the pace. With time you will be spacing the times between takes and takes!