Feeding to sleep
‘Mother Nature has designed milk to contain lacto-opioids that help the baby fall asleep so use that to your advantage, feed to sleep as often as you can for those first six months. In time, the baby is able to handle their lacto-opioids and they grow out of being fed to sleep’
Here are some signs to be aware of:
• The first yawn
• Starting to fuss
• Losing interest, looking away or going quiet
• Waving arms and legs. If the baby starts to touch their eyes they have reached over tiredness, so look out for any upward movements of their arms.
By getting to know what these cues are and working on responding to your baby’s signs you will start to develop a routine.
Gentle rocking while feeding, some patting and maybe some shushing is very soothing for the baby. Place the baby’s hands together in the centre of their body, this is incredibly soothing for them and can also be a way to prolong their sleep. Cup their feet with your hands which will remind them of the womb and make them feel safe.
It is so important to be aware of safe sleep guidelines and the best place to keep up to date with this information is by visiting the Lullaby Trust Website
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