Moms and moms-to-be have a lot of questions when it comes to children, babies and pregnancy, and our healthcare experts are here to answer their questions. Robin Hollen, an international board-certified lactation consultant, recently answered a question we receive often: Can I breastfeed until my baby falls asleep?
Babies who are breastfeeding well — meaning they are growing normally and mom’s breasts are not sore — often fall asleep after a feeding at the breast, as they associate that with calm, rest and nurturing.
Eat, Sleep, Cry, Breastfeed
In the early months a healthy, growing baby sleeps when they are tired. There is little you can do to make him/her sleep or, as you may know, make him/her wake up to eat. Moms often feel conflicted about what others tell them about handling sleep issues and preventing a negative potential outcome. Some moms are told “you’re spoiling your baby,” yet it may feel right that your baby is so content with you.
Perhaps on a different note, you are frustrated with the baby falling asleep at the breast and then awakening every time you lay him/her down. Most transitions for babies are difficult — breast to bed, held to car seat, sleeping in the car seat to getting out, and even mom to caregiver hand-off. The ease of transitioning develops over time.