Maximising sleep while breastfeeding during the night... How can you get more sleep? There are many ways you can maximise the amount of sleep you get with your baby or your toddler. Taking an early night: if you know your baby will wake you several times in the night and be awake by 6am, go to bed early.
If you can, resting or napping with your baby during the day time is a great way to recooperate any lost sleep.
Minimising the amount of screen time and caffeine you have before bedtime can help both you and your baby sleep. Try turning the TV and other mobile devices off for an hour before bedtime and reading a book instead.
The WHO recommends you sleep with your baby in your room until at least 6 months, when your baby is nearby it is much easier to respond quicker to your baby when she stirs and gives early feeding cues, meaning she doesn't fully wake and will be much easier to soothe back to sleep. Bed sharing can be a wonderful way to get more sleep, some mums find that when your baby is sharing the same bed as you, they wake less often as they are comforted by your smell/warmth.
But the main benefit of bed sharing it is very easy to feed while lying in the side lying position, you don't even need to fully wake to do this, which means it is much easier to get back to sleep again. **if planning to bed share please visit https://www.isisonline.org.uk and follow the appropriate guidelines on how to bed share safely** By breastfeeding your baby you are already maximising your sleep! Studies show that while breastfed babies MAY wake more often to feed during the night, you actually get more sleep while breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding mothers are awake for much shorter periods of time because you don't have to sterilise and make bottles of formula during the night, you can simply unbutton your top.
There's also the added benefit that breastmilk contains hormones during the night that help your baby AND you fall back to sleep quickly!
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