Baby Sleep Problems Can Feeding Have An Effect

First-time parents and even parents with several kids, regularly find that their young child isn't sleeping as​ well as​ he or​ she should.

Many parents try to​ find the underlying cause of​ the problem, hoping to​ find a​ simple answer. This also leaves countless parents questioning if​ feeding might have something to​ do with the issue.

The aim of​ this article is​ to​ burrow deeper into the different aspects of​ feeding your small child and examine the effects that feeding could possibly have on a​ babys sleeping schedule and habits.

Initially, we should list the different feeding areas that we will be considering. These are:
Mixing Breast-feeding and Bottle Feedings
Feeding your child to​ sleep
What are YOU eating and will it​ affect your babys sleeping pattern?
Will solids help your baby sleep?

Mixing Breast-feeding and Bottle Feedings

It is​ believed that the mixture of​ bottle and breast in​ feedings could potentially sleeping problems. There are a​ number of​ different reasons for this when you are breast-feeding your young child. With each feeding, the breast is​ signaling to​ the brain that more milk needs to​ be produced for the coming feeding. When a​ bottle is​ incorporated into feedings, this process could be affected. The breast will start to​ produce less milk due to​ the less frequent breast feedings.

Furthermore, during the times when you do breast-feed your baby, he or​ she will not get as​ full with the breast-feeding because of​ the lessening of​ milk supply. This effectively means that your baby will need feeding more often, which will mean his or​ her sleep patterns will be interrupted by the need for feeding.

Feeding your baby to​ sleep

Feeding your child to​ sleep may be creating a​ problem with their sleep patterns. Your baby will soon begin to​ recognize that you feed him or​ her at​ bedtime. This will become something they depend on and expect. Generally, this will be the situation with each waking throughout the night as​ well.

There are of​ course, techniques you can use to​ avoid your baby from depending on feedings to​ fall asleep.

Initially, change the time or​ the length of​ time you feed your baby when nearing his or​ her bedtime. Doing so will gradually disconnect the association of​ bedtime with feeding.

Another option is​ feed your child earlier in​ the night instead of​ as​ a​ bedtime routine. When you do these things your child will not associate eating with bedtime. This will help your baby learn to​ fall asleep on his own accord.

What are YOU eating and will it​ affect your babys sleeping pattern?

The one word answer is​ yes. as​ a​ breast-feeding mom*, everything that you put into your body affects your breast milk. if​ you are not eating the appropriate amount of​ foods and calories each day, your breast milk is​ greatly affected. it​ is​ important that you eat the recommended three meals each day and perhaps a​ few snacks in​ between. Your milk needs to​ have enough calories in​ it​ in​ order for your baby to​ feel pleasantly full and satisfied. if​ it​ does not, he or​ she will continue to​ feed longer until he or​ she is​ full.

You need to​ eat healthier foods and try to​ eat them more often, as​ well as​ drinking fluids throughout the day. This will benefit your
milk supply, therefore helping your baby and his or​ her sleep patterns. The fuller your baby feels, the better he or​ she will sleep.

Will solids help your baby?

Many parents believe this will help, but numerous studies haven't associated any change in​ those who were fed by the breast and / or​ bottle and those who are fed solids. This has not been proven to​ help the sleep patterns in​ babies at​ all. Doctors recommend not adding solid foods prior to​ six months of​ age.

Chris Towland

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