Baby Won’t Breastfeed at Night? What to Know

mother breastfeeding baby at night

Help! My baby won’t breastfeed at night.

If you are a mother and find yourself having breastfeeding problems, take a deep breath. It’s about to get better.

Please allow us to share with you several reasons and helpful tips as to why this might be happening. The intent of this article is to teach you how to get your baby to breastfeed at night.

It’s not your fault.

There are many reasons why a baby may refuse to breastfeed at night. Sometimes this might happen suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. Other times it just might be an ongoing issue that you can’t seem to get a handle on.

Remember this: when your baby goes on a breastfeeding strike, it’s not personal. You did nothing wrong. This is not your fault.

There are countless reasons as to why your baby might be refusing your breast. However, this is not to say that you are doing something incorrectly.

Medical professions, lactation consultants, and even family members will most likely remind you that a feeding strike is not a reflection on your abilities as a mother.

It’s more common than you think.

This is a common issue that for some might only last a few hours. For others, it might last for weeks at a time.

For example, it could be a combination of your child coming down with a cold and also disliking the saltiness of any potential perspiration on your body throughout the day.

Move slow. Don’t rush to change.

Remain persistent and continue feeding your baby. There is no reason for you to change your feeding schedule. Continue trying and do not give up. Eventually, your baby will respond the way you’re training him/her to.

There will likely be different amounts of time between breastfeeding strikes and actually feeding at night. More often than not, there is no rhyme or reason as to why your baby will likely suddenly breastfeed at night again.

However, maintaining the consistency of your breastfeeding times (even if they do not want to latch on) is critical. If your baby won’t breastfeed at night, consider the following:

  • Your baby might feel under the weather.
  • Is your baby teething?
  • Your baby might suddenly begin to reject the breast due to low milk supply.
  • There might be no reason at all. Perhaps your baby is simply on a nightly breastfeeding strike for a period of time.

Tip for Making a Baby Breastfeed at Night

Breastfeeding at night is hard!

Most mothers can probably relate to the fact that breastfeeding, especially during the nighttime hours, is one of the most tolling things you will do as a mother. Reduce some of your stress and make things run a little more smoothly for you and your baby by following these best practices:

Consider Position.

Find the most comfortable position for you and your baby.

Some mothers prefer to lay down and breastfeed at night while others prefer to sit up. Quite simply, all of these positions are correct. Base your decisions only on how yourbody feels.

However you choose to position yourself when breastfeeding at night, consider if this experience differs from daytime feedings.

Stay nearby. Stay alert.

Keep your baby nearby. While some mothers like to co-sleep, others prefer to keep their babies in a crib next to the bed. However, it is helpful to keep them very nearby as it can help you hear them when they are starting to wake up to nurse.

By doing so, you may be able to prevent your baby from becoming fully alert. By catching your baby during this sleepy/awake state, your chances of successfully breastfeeding at night are increased.

Forget the clock.

Don’t look at the time!

This is a simple, but crucial, tip. Checking the time whenever you wake up to breastfeed at night will most likely make you feel even more tired.

You are going to be breastfeeding for a while. So you might as well give your mind a little more peace by not checking the time constantly. What’s the point in being fully aware of how little sleep you’ve had?

Nonverbal cues

Signal to your baby when quiet and sleep times are by keeping the room dark… or as close to it as possible! Maintaining this atmosphere at night will signal to your baby that it is not time to get up and play, but rather sleep and nurse only.

For me, this really helped in getting my baby to breastfeed at night.

Be prepared!

Have your supplies to clean up after pumping or products to change your baby closeby. This way you do not have to run around to find them in the middle of the night.

Learn to quickly go from awake to asleep when breastfeeding during the night. It doesn’t need to be a stressful production.

Why is breastfeeding at night important?

Breastfeeding your baby at night is essential. For most women, this is when your body is going to create the most prolactin. This is an essential hormone that helps your body to produce breast milk. Most women produce the most prolactin at night. For that reason, breastfeeding at night is very important.

Conclusion

Overall, breastfeeding is something that most mothers take on. Finding a community online or in-person is key. You will likely feel so much better after sharing your experiences with someone else who is also experiencing problems breastfeeding at night.

Hopefully this article has helped you gain a little bit more confidence and perspective on breastfeeding. There are several reasons as to why breastfeeding at night is important.

Please refer back to this article whenever you are feeling overwhelmed and need a reminder that you are not alone. You are not the only frustrated parent trying to feed at night.

You’ll get through this. Guaranteed.