Should I feed baby while sleeping?

Is it safe to give milk to baby while sleeping?

If your baby falls asleep with a bottle of infant formula, formula might slowly drip into baby’s mouth, soaking teeth and putting baby at risk of tooth decay. If your baby drinks while lying flat, milk can flow into the ear cavity, which can cause ear infections.

Should newborn babies be fed when they are sleeping?

Newborns who sleep for longer stretches should be awakened to feed. Wake your baby every 3–4 hours to eat until he or she shows good weight gain, which usually happens within the first couple of weeks. After that, it’s OK to let your baby sleep for longer periods of time at night.

Should I let my baby sleep without feeding?

Many babies who are born full-term and are healthy can go through the night without a feeding by about 6 months. Susan E.C. Sorensen, a pediatrician in Reno, Nevada, explains that by the time they’re this age, most babies can sleep comfortably for at least six hours without waking up to eat.

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Can I give baby water instead of milk at night?

If you are bottle-feeding, consider giving your baby a bottle of water instead of formula at night. All babies (and adults) wake up at night. Babies may make noise or squirm, but they need an opportunity to help themselves fall back asleep. Otherwise they will never learn to do it on their own.

Why is it bad to feed baby to sleep?

It could be rocking, a pacifier or nursing—whatever it is, if it isn’t there, they’ll wake up looking for it. So, if your baby develops a need to nurse to fall asleep, they could potentially fully wake up needing you at every little arousal—basically every 90 to 120 minutes in the night.

Should I feed baby every time he cries?

Be careful not to feed your baby every time she cries. Some babies cry because of a bloated stomach from overfeeding. Let your baby decide when she’s had enough milk. (For example, she turns her head away.)

Can a newborn go 7 hours without eating?

Newborns should not go more than about 4–5 hours without feeding.

Is it true you should never wake a sleeping baby?

While it does make sense not to proactively disturb a sleeping infant during the first few months of life, once a regular day/night circadian rhythm develops (usually between 3-6 months of age), there is no reason why babies and older children should not be getting most of their sleep at night, and only a small (and …

When should I stop night feedings?

Bottle fed infants typically can wean off night feeding by 6 months of age. Breast fed infants tend to take longer, up to a year of age.

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When can babies go 12 hours without eating?

“Many, though not all, babies are able to make it through the night without food at 4 months. By 6 months, almost all healthy babies are physically and neurologically able to go 12 hours without food.”

Should I wake my 6 week old to feed at night?

I don’t recommend waking babies for nighttime feedings, because you want them to sleep. However, I would suggest you wake them for night feedings in their first couple of weeks if they haven’t yet gained back their birth weight — babies tend to lose 10% of their weight after they’re born.