Should I wake my daughter up to breastfeed?

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It is common for parents to wonder if they should wake up their little ones for a feeding. In truth, most babies benefit more from a full night of sleep than an extra feeding. If your little one isn’t waking up hungry in the middle of the night, you should not worry about waking her up to breastfeed. If your baby is under birth weight though, your pediatrician may recommend waking up baby for feedings every few hours.

One common misconception among new parents is that breast milk is too thin, making it necessary to plan for feeding sessions in the middle of the night. This is certainly not the case. Babies (and parents) who get plenty of sleep at night are healthier and happier.

Always check with a doctor regarding best practices.

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