Sleeping and Eating

By the end of month 4, some babies no longer need a late-night feeding and then may be able to sleep through the night. Many breastfed babies, however, seem to want to feed sometime overnight through 6 months.

If your baby wakes during the night:

  • Keep things as quiet and soothing as possible. If you haven’t left a nightlight on, turn on a dim (15-watt) light.
     
  • Keep feeding brief.
     
  • Don’t talk—just make soothing sounds so he knows that you’re not there to play.
     
  • Make sure that everything you’ll need during the night is in one place so you don’t have to carry her around while you search for a diaper or a wipe.

If your baby still has trouble going back to sleep on his own after these night feedings, ask his healthcare provider about additional tips for easing him back to sleep. 

See also ...

•  Night Feeding and Weaning 

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