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Nursing mothers find at the time of breastfeeding a space to enjoy their little one and to strengthen that special bond that is created between them from the moment of conception. But after the months and after accumulating hours of sleep and fatigue, the mother needs and asks to rest, hence many women ask me the same question: Until when do you take them at night? Today we will talk about prolonged breastfeeding and breastfeeding at night.
We already know how important night feedings are and the benefits that both mother and baby receive through performing this act (regulates sleep, increases oxytocin production, avoids obstructions of mothers ...), without However, a frequent question of mothers in the pediatric consultation after the child reaches six months of age is How long is it 'normal' for the baby to wake up at night once or several times to feed from the breast.
Although statistics indicate that most babies wake up during the night until almost 2 or 3 years of age, this cannot be considered a norm for night feeds, because the pattern is usually set by the baby and his needs .
Some studies indicate a greater probability of abandoning night feeds between the third and sixth month of the baby's life, more due to the mother's decision than due to the baby's lack of desire, mainly associated with the mother's return to work activities outside of home. However, we must bear in mind that the baby must be fed when he requires it and this process should not be interrupted at night, even when the mothers feel tired from their daily activities.
Remember that night feeds prevent weight loss in the baby, since they help to supply the required caloric load, in addition to the fact that long periods of fasting can cause hypoglycemia. Likewise, the lack of suction at night may cause a decrease in milk production, affecting the baby's feedings during the next day.
Patience, love and respect for your baby's own rhythm are some of the keys to coping with this stage. As your stomach grows, your demand for food becomes more spaced. If the baby has a heavy feed between 10 and 11 at night, he may wake up only for a night feed, it all depends on the age.
Around one year of age, it is very likely that the baby will no longer demand night feeding, although that does not mean that he will continue to wake up sometime between 12 at night and 6 in the morning requesting the attention of mother. In these cases, you can use the breast to relax and fall asleep again, without taking a full feed, which is NOT a reason to consider that the baby no longer needs it and we should suspend it.
Even after one year of age, some children may have nocturnal awakenings in search of food or not, so the affective bonding between mother and child during breastfeeding will allow us to know the needs of the baby who, as we have seen, came to bring happiness setting your own pace.
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