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Feeding at night

Most young babies wake and feed frequently both day and night, regardless of whether they are breastfed or bottle fed. Parents need to know that this is normal behaviour, and not something that they should try and prevent.

However, this can result in sleep deprivation for the parents; and tired parents are at risk of falling asleep with their baby, especially at night, whatever their intention.

Therefore parents require full information regarding the various strategies for coping with the baby at night, along with the benefits and risks of all approaches, in order to maximise safety, allow informed decision making and protect breastfeeding.