Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

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Q I just returned to work after my maternity leave, and my baby is waking up several times a night to breastfeed. Can you help?

A: Babies often undergo an instinctual reversal of night and day after Mom returns to work. They nap more and feed less during the day when she is gone, then nurse more frequently during the evening and through the night to make up the time with her. While night feedings can be exhausting for a new mother, they can help her keep up her milk supply and increase the bond with her baby. Here is some advice from the moms in our pediatric practice whoVe lived through this:

Consider co-sleeping. Have your baby close to you, whether in your bed or in a bedside co-sleeper. This makes nursing easier and compensates for the missed physical contact during the day. To ensure your baby's safety, never co-sleep when you're under the influence of any alcohol or medication that could diminish awareness, don't sleep on soft couches or bean bags, and be sure there is no crevice between the mattress or wall where the baby could get wedged.

Start the day off right. Allot 20 to 30 minutes of time as soon as you both awaken to feed and snuggle with your baby. If possible, do it again just before you head out the door or drop your baby off at day care. …

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