My baby is constantly awaking to feed. How can I prevent this?

It is common for newborns to wake every 2-3 hours to eat (4 hours tops). And, by 4-8 weeks, babies can go longer and longer.

In fact, if your 1-month-old is still awaking every 2-3 hours at night, it may be a sign of a growth spurt…but it may also be because she’s not getting enough milk during the day. The latter can happen if a mum is not making enough milk (check with your doctor) or if the baby only nurses from one breast during a feed; gets too distracted during the meal (the sights and sounds of the day are too exciting), or naps more than 2 hours at a time.

Here are some things you can do to aid your baby’s sleep at night:

  1. Offer more daytime feedings and alternate breasts every 5-7 minutes.
  2. Reduce distractions during feedings.
  3. Try a dream feed.
  4. If your baby is fussy within an hour of a meal, feed them again—they may need a little more milk.
  5. Awaken your baby for a feed if the nap is lasting more than 2 hours. (You can let them fall right back to sleep after the meal.)

Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider.