By Roxanna Ward
Infants grow at a phenomental rate. Therefore nighttime feedings are inevitable.
In the early months, your breasts can become engorged if you go for a few hours without feeding your baby. ANd sometimes babies have trouble nursing on full or engorged breasts. So nighttime nursings will and should continue for a few months after baby is born.
The most useful breastfeeding skill I have ever mastered is nursing while lying down. After a ton of experiments and a pile of pillows, I have finally found a position that works great for me and my toddler. Finding a position to nurse while lying down will allow you to bring your baby into your bed at night and you and baby both can drift off into la la land quicker and easier. Some people prefer not to have their baby in their bed. I used to be one of these people. However, after a few months of looking like a cast member from “Night of the Living Zombies”, I decided it was time to try co-sleeping. What a wonderful night that was. Nighttime nursing in bed also allows for more skin to skin contact between mother and baby. Most babies love the closeness. Although many people worry, it is generally safe. Even the smallest baby can move his head in some way to let you know if something is obstructing their breathing.
After a few months, or a few years, your baby will eventually begin to sleep through the night. Don’t fret if your baby does not sleep through the night the same time the book you are reading says he should. Every baby is different. Your baby will sleep all night long when the time is right for him. Some babies beginto sleep all night long, then began to wake up again. Needs change and so will your babies sleeping pattern. So don’t stress if you and your nursing toddler are still sharing a little extra night time cuddling. For many toddlers, this is the last nursing time to give up. Just look at it as an extra few minutes of Heaven.
Roxanna Ward, Community leader and staff writer for http://www.BabyUniversity.com, lives in Georgia with her husband and her three children. As a published freelance writer the focus of her writing is concentrated on sharing household tips, her experience with her frugal lifestyle as well as the phenomenal process of breastfeeding, child rearing related issues and romantic relationships. She is also currently the Editor of three newsletters: What’s New at BabyU?, Intimate Encounters and At Home with Baby University. Roxanna can be contacted at Roxanna30135@aol.com
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