It is completely normal and essential for your baby to feed during the night.
Every baby is different, and some wake more frequently than others throughout the night for many months.
Evidence shows that for around the first six months of a baby’s life, parents who breastfeed tend to get more sleep per night.
Even though breastfed babies wake more frequently on average, it’s quicker to get them back off to sleep.
That’s largely thanks to the hormones (melatonin) found in breastmilk which encourage both you and your baby to get back to sleep quickly.
Babies wake during the night for lots of different reasons.
Some of these reasons can be:
- because your baby is hungry
- they may be too hot or too cold
- their nappy needs changing
- your baby wants comfort and to be close to you.