Feeding and caring for your baby at night can be challenging, especially when you are tired and your baby is wakeful and wanting to feed frequently. It may be reassuring to know that it is not only normal but essential for your baby to feed during the night. Babies grow quickly in the early weeks and months of life and they have very small stomachs. They therefore need to feed round the clock to meet their needs. Whilst it can be frustrating when your sleep is disturbed during the night, it can also be a lovely quiet time to be with your baby away from the bustle and distractions of daytime. Babies rely on the security and comfort of being close to their parents and need this during the night as well as during the day.
For information about coping at night, please see the leaflet 'Caring for your baby at night'.
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