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Are night feedings necessary for the baby's development? Many women ask this question as the days and weeks go by after feeling exhausted with the new role of mom they have to face. The anxiety of wanting to do everything right makes the hours of sleep scarce and they consider looking for an alternative to sleep a little more at night. What to say to those mothers? That they are surely doing very well and that, definitely, yes, night feedings are necessary for the baby and even more in the first months of the child's life
During the first weeks of life, the baby's stomach is very small, so it needs to feed in a small amount and very often, on average, every 2 or 3 hours, regardless of whether it is day or night, although each it has its own biological clock and this average should not be considered as a norm. It is very important to keep this in mind and accept that, at the beginning, this control is in the baby and it all depends on the period of time in which he feels satiated.
Another very important element to take into account is that trying to distance feedings at such a young age could cause hypoglycemia in the baby so, especially at night, it is necessary to offer him his food to keep him hydrated and balanced in his nutrients, mainly, in your glucose levels. Although from the third week, your body acquires a greater capacity to store glucose and reduces this risk, but this is not a reason to eliminate night-time feedings.
Here are seven reasons why you should breastfeed your little one at night, do it for him but also for you!
1. During the night, physiological changes occur in breast milk, which benefit both the baby and the mother.
2. Between 2 and 6 in the morning there are the highest levels of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production. The suckling of the baby during these hours stimulates this hormone, milk production is increased and ensuring that the baby has the amount he demands available not only at that time but also throughout the next day.
3. On the other hand, by having a higher milk production, It will be easier for the baby to extract it without major inconveniences.
4. Likewise, at night the production of tryptophan and melatonin increases, both of which act as sleep regulators, allowing both the baby and the mother to feel calmer and sleep better after the night feeding.
5. Oxytocin production is also increased, facilitating deep sleep, which generates greater rest and relaxation.
6. In addition to these great benefits, night feeding favors a greater emotional bond between mother and child, thanks to frequent hugging and skin contact, which generates greater confidence and security in both about the well-being of the baby.
7. Night feedings also help prevent obstructions in the breasts, product of the accumulation of milk that is not sucked or extracted in long intervals between feedings, causing an increase in its size and causing pain, which will cause discomfort in the following feedings. The suction of the baby causes the mammary ducts to be emptied, avoiding that remains there that could become infectious agents.
As you can see, in addition to the benefits, night shots are necessary, so, moms, patience, time passes quickly.
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