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Don't stop breastfeeding for better sleep

For many moms, the idea of separating breastfeeding from sleep seems impossible. Your baby wakes up at night and only settles when given the breast. It's exhausting, and you start thinking that weaning might be the solution. But what if you love breastfeeding and didn't plan on stopping? And hey, you deserve some sleep too!

But here's the thing—stopping breastfeeding might not solve all your sleep woes. Hunger isn't the only reason babies wake up at night. So, what's the solution?

Yes, there's a compromise! You can get enough sleep while breastfeeding. Here's how:

1️⃣ Check the sleep schedule: sometimes, extra awakenings stem from poorly structured schedules and baby’s overtiredness or lack of sleep during the day. I can help you analyse your sleep data and pinpoint causes of those frequent night awakenings.

2️⃣ Create a bedtime ritual: consistency is key. A familiar routine signals bedtime to your baby, making it easier for them to settle down. Just make sure that ritual starts around 20 minutes before end of the wake window not later.

3️⃣ PPause before breastfeeding at night: Sometimes, babies settle on their own if given a moment. Don't rush to breastfeed immediately once your baby wakes up at night, give them a chance to self-sooth themselves back to sleep.

4️⃣ Try other soothing methods: Hugs, gentle strokes, a lullaby—explore different ways to comfort your baby besides breastfeeding. While the breast might be the strongest association, introducing other soothing techniques can help diversify their sleep associations.

5️⃣ Teach the self-soothing skill: If you're ready, consider a sleep training method to help your baby learn to fall asleep independently and connect those sleep cycles during the night without your assistance.

By implementing these strategies, you can navigate the challenges of nighttime awakenings while maintaining your breastfeeding relationship. It's about finding a balance that works for both you and your baby.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to start, I'm here to help! Sign up for a free consultation, and together we'll develop a personalized sleep training plan that meets your needs and respects your parenting choices. And remember, you're not alone on this journey. With the right support and guidance, you can achieve a restful night's sleep while nurturing your breastfeeding bond with your baby.