It is not uncommon for babies to fall asleep while breastfeeding. This can be due to the let-down reflex, which is when milk is released from the breast, or simply because nursing is a calming and relaxing activity. If you notice your baby falling asleep at the breast, there are a few things you can do to try and keep them awake.
First, try gently stroking their cheek or head. You can also try changing positions, offering the other breast, or burping them frequently. If all else fails, it’s okay to let your baby sleep; just be sure to wake them up for their next feeding.
It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re breastfeeding, but it’s important to do what you can to get the rest you need.
Here are some tips for sleeping like a baby while breastfeeding:
1. Try to breastfeed during the day so that you can pump at night. This will help you to have a more consistent supply of milk and will also help your body to adjust to nighttime feedings.
2. If possible, try to pump right before you go to bed so that you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to do it.
3. Get into a comfortable position for breastfeeding so that you’re not struggling to hold your baby or yourself up.
4. Try to relax while you’re breastfeeding and focus on deep breathing. This can help you to calm yourself and your baby.
5. If your baby is fussy, try rocking them or holding them close while you breastfeed. This can help to soothe them and may help them to fall asleep.
6. Once your baby is done breastfeeding, burp them and then put them down in their crib or bassinet. You may want to stay with them for a few minutes to make sure they’re settled before you go to sleep.
8 Ways Your Baby Sleeps While You’re Breastfeeding
1. Your baby is constantly changing positions while breastfeeding.
2. Your baby may fall asleep while breastfeeding.
3. Your baby may drift in and out of sleep while breastfeeding.
4. Your baby may suck on your breast without swallowing much milk.
5. Your baby may stare off into space or close his or her eyes while breastfeeding.
6. Your baby may make soft cooing or gurgling sounds while breastfeeding.
7. Your baby may play with your hair or fingers while breastfeeding.
8. Your baby may nuzzle against you or cuddle close while breastfeeding.
How to Breastfeed & Get a Good Night’s Sleep
There are a few things you can do to help ensure you get a good night’s sleep while the baby sleeping while breastfeeding.
First, try to establish a bedtime routine with your baby. This may include bathing them, reading a story, and nursing them right before putting them down to sleep. You may also want to pump some milk before going to bed so you have it available if your baby wakes up during the night. Additionally, make sure your sleeping environment is comfortable and conducive to restful sleep.
Consider investing in a quality mattress and bedding, as well as blackout curtains or an eye mask to block out any unwanted light. Finally, create a supportive network of people who can pitch in with nighttime feedings or childcare so you can get the rest you need.
With a little planning and effort, you can successfully breastfeed your baby while also getting the rest you need. By following these tips, you can ensure you both get the nourishment and sleep you need to thrive.