Today I am going to talk about dream feeds and how you can introduce one to your baby's routine. It is important to note not all babies like dream feeds, you'll know after a few days if a dream feed works for your baby or not.
For some parents it works wonders so try it & see if it works for you too.
Regardless of breastfeeding or formula feeding I always recommend feeding on demand during those early months. Naturally, your baby will fall into a feeding routine as their stomach grows which can be anywhere from every two to four hours on average throughout the day.
Once your baby begins sleeping less during the day and more at night you will notice their time between feeds lengthens during the night which provides longer blocks of sleep for both of you (Yay)!
Once your baby has fallen into a slight feeding routine you can try to introduce a dream feed before you go to bed.
I have included the most common questions I receive regarding dream feeds below to help you choose if a dream feed is right for your baby or not:
What is a dream feed?
A dream feed is partially waking your baby to offer a milk feed during their night, usually before you go to bed at around 10pm or 11pm generally works best. As all babies will have their individual routine, aim for around 3 hours after their initial bedtime.