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Coping with breastfeeding at night

For many mums – breastfeeding or not – lack of sleep can be the hardest thing to deal with.

Young babies need to feed round the clock as their tummies are very small and they need frequent 'filling up' to help them grow. You're probably craving a decent full night's sleep, but try to see night feeds as a quiet time to bond with your baby.

Top tips for calm and peaceful night feeding

Getting support

If you've had a particularly difficult night, try to take time out to rest during the day. Visitors can wait – or better yet can help by taking over housework or looking after other children while you and your baby catch up on sleep. For more tips on how to cope with night feeds, take a look at UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative's leaflet Caring for your baby at night: a guide for parents

It may help to talk to other mums in the same situation – you can find support groups in your area here. 

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Last updated: 23 Mar, 2021