Baby Sleep & breast Feeding
Most breast fed babies take longer than formula-fed babies, to develop a pattern of sleeping through the night. This is because breast milk is easier to digest than formula milk, so babies get hungry more quickly and wake more often. Breastfeeding may be comforting as well as nourishing, but it doesn't take long for a baby to make a connection between feeding and sleeping. With a routine of breastfeeding your baby to sleep, he will not know, or want to know, another way of falling asleep. Again take approaches that you can be consistent with to incorporate sleeping tactics with your baby, to help him sleep well.
Help him fall asleep on his own
If he has already formed this sleep association, don't despair. It's never too late to start teaching sleep habits. Some commonly used habits are;
A.) Separating breastfeeding from the bedtime routine, feeding him earlier in the evening.
B.) Breastfeeding at the start of his bedtime routine or decreasing the amount of time that you feed him at bedtime.
Keep in mind that you should make these changes only at bedtime, then once your baby starts falling asleep on his own, he’ll begin soothing himself back to sleep at night.
How breastfeeding moms can get more sleep
If you feel that you may not be getting enough rest, then ask your partner or a family member or even a friend to help during the night time feedings or awakenings. Just because you breast feed your baby doesn’t mean that you have to be the only middle-of-night parent.
Instead, consider this alternative:
Express some milk using a breast pump before you go to bed or throughout the day and freeze it. Then your partner or whoever is helping that night can take out a bottle and thaw and warm for him to give to baby when baby wakes. This way you get your rest and your baby gets the nutrients he needs.