Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep Disturbance (ISD)

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Menyusui dan Susah Tidur pada Bayi

After the labor period, the next stage which becomes a new “challenge” is the new breastfeeding period, because at this time the baby is often awakened in the middle of the night and requires breast milk resulting in irregular sleeping patterns of Mommy and the baby. 

Some research suggests that Infant Sleep Disturbance is caused by wrong implementation of certain activities, such as : 

Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding

The combined breastfeeding and bottle feeding may disrupt the natural process in Mommy’s body because after breastfeeding the breasts will give signals to the brain to produce more breast milk for the next feeding schedule. If you combine breastfeeding and bottle feeding patterns, the amount of milk produced will be reduced, so the baby’s need for milk cannot be fulfilled properly and it will cause insomnia.

Providing breastfeeding until the baby falls asleep 

This habit can cause problems in the sleeping patterns. To prevent this, Mommy can try to change this habit patterns such as changing the time or duration of breastfeeding with breastfeeding your baby early. In this way, the baby will learn to start sleeping according to his/her own bedtime hour. 

Dietary Habit

Mommy’s diet may affect the breast milk production. If Mommy’s food intake is less, especially the number of calories, then the baby could not meet the feeding needs and may still feels hungry, even after having been fed. Mommy should always consume healthy foods and drink a lot of water and milk to support the milk supply in the body.

Incorrect understanding of solid foods may encourage the baby to sleep 

This won’t affect the baby's sleeping patterns at all and the doctor doesn’t recommend solid foods before the age of 6 months. Drink PRENAGEN lactamom twice a day because this milk may support Mommy to meet the quality breast milk and other nutritional intake needed such as AA, choline, Omega 3 and 6, which are good for the brain development of the baby.