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Many parents ask when the evening feed can be withdrawn, in order to be able to rest better. However, as in all aspects of parenting I do not like to talk about closed dates. Each child is different, and needs his own rhythm.
Exactly the same thing happens with night feedings, although it is true that before four months all the little ones require more frequent feedings since their stomach has little capacity; It is also necessary to give them every little time to prevent possible drops in sugar during long periods of fasting.
With breastfeeding: Breast milk is digested quickly, so it is normal for our child to ask for breast very often. Suction not only has a feeding function; rather, it goes further, it is comfort, closeness, affection, protection. This is why babies relax so much at the mother's breast. At night they do not always feed, but instead seek to be close to mother.
Due to the physiology of lactation, having the stimulus (suction) at night increases the production of prolactin, necessary for the maintenance of lactation.
With bottle:Breastfeeding must also be on demand, so if our little one wakes up and needs to feed, we must offer the bottle. Formula is digested more slowly, which is why some babies last longer without increasing overnight, spontaneously spacing one feed from another.
- The first thing we must know is that we must respect our baby's needs, your own pace. Just as we have children who are more precocious in their development, more precocious in teething, the same happens with taking at night.
- In addition, the decision to withdraw the take is more due to a parental need for more rest, of sleeping more hours at a time than anything else.
- We will never withdraw the intake in the event that we have a low-weight baby, during the first weeks of life, or in the event that it has any metabolic alteration or significant disease.
- Delays the last shot to the maximum and advances the one in the morning.
- Never put more formula milk than recommended for the amount of water, in the case of a bottle, to satisfy it more. We can dehydrate the baby and damage the kidneys.
- Try not to let your child sleep on the breast or with the bottle, should not associate the intake with the induction of sleep; because if he wakes up he will need it to go back to sleep.
- If he wakes up, go to calm him down without offering the breast or bottle first.
- The application of the "Parent Plan" may be effective in the event that we give breastfeeding.
- Never let the baby cry, we always comfort him.
It is essential to have patience, as everything in development goes in phases, and as our child matures, nighttime feedings will decrease, in addition to acquiring the different sleep phases, in this way they will also have fewer awakenings. Each child has his own rhythm, respect it and accompany it.
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