Breastfeeding, that intimate process through which your little one gets not only his/her nutrition but your love as well. Since times immemorial, breastfeeding has been a bonding process for both the mother and the baby. Besides, after extensive research, breast milk was found to be the best nutrition for the baby as it provided all the important nutrients that the child needs in his/her diet. But, this process can become tiring for the mothers at times. The sheer number of times a baby needs to be fed can often become troublesome and be tiring especially when it happens at night. Yet, there are some reasons why the night time breastfeeding is particularly important for your little one. Mentioned below are 5 reasons why your baby needs to breastfeed during the night.
1. Extended duration of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding at night helps improve the production of breast milk and thus you will be able to breastfeed more. The baby, in this way, is actually helping both you and himself/herself by increasing the production. The more the demand will be the more supply will be generated. So, night feeding is a necessity for both you and your little one.
2. Promotes better sleep
Yes, you read it correctly. A thorough analysis of breastmilk has shown that melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone is present in breastmilk. And since the babies are not able to produce this hormone properly themselves, it’s the breast milk that helps them get proper sleep. This hormone actually helps improve their body clock thereby helping them sleep longer, deeper and better.
3. Giving them a good mood
Breast milk contains a sleep-inducing amino acid known as tryptophan. This amino acid is responsible for the generation of serotonin in your little one. Serotonin hormone is the mood controller and the more amount of serotonin will mean a happier mood. This means that you will get to see their cute little smiles more often during the day. Serotonin also helps your baby bond with you a little bit more.
4. More Milk
Never underestimate the intelligence of a baby. They are really very smart at times. For example, they know that at night the milk-producing hormone prolactin increases which result in more amount of breastmilk. Moreover, the amount of fat content is more at this time and this means that the baby will get more benefits from night time feeding than daytime.
5. You get more and better sleep too
Breastfeeding leads to the release of a hormone known as oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for the feelings bonding that is generated in you for your child. Oxytocin is also known as the love hormone because of its effects on your feelings. And since you feel happy and loved, you tend to sleep better and have a deeper sleep filled with happy dreams.