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Expert tips on breastfeeding: Dr Madhuri Prabhu on why nighttime feeding is important

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As a new mother, do you wonder how often you should feed your newborn late in the night? Our expert gives tips on night-time feeding and why it is good for your baby

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Expert tips on breastfeeding: Dr Madhuri Prabhu on why nighttime feeding is important

On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, Dr Madhuri Prabhu, Neonatologist and Paediatrician, Motherhood Hospital explains the importance of feeding breast milk to your baby during the night. She also talks about feeding on demand in the night-time.
Here is what Dr Prabhu says:

In breastfeeding, night-time feeds are very important to maintain the supply of mother's milk for the baby's needs.

This is because prolactin, which is a hormone that helps produce more breast milk, works in the night-time. So, it is nature's way that the baby cries more in the night and wants to be fed constantly during the night-time. It is really essential for mothers who want to continue breastfeeding to go on to night-time feeds.
I know that it is very difficult, especially for mothers who have had ceasarean sections to feed during the night. But, it is also important for the baby to feed during the night-time and to feed on demand during the night, when you want to establish breastfeeding.

Reasons why nighttime breastfeeding is important

  • Breastfeeding at night helps babies sleep
  • The circadian rhythm of the baby is still developing
  • Nighttime breastfeeding might help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies


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