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Sleep Scotland clarification on breastfeeding at night

Recently, we have had a number of enquiries regarding advice we give on night-time feeding for babies over the age of 6 months and would like to clarify our position.

Nutritionally, babies over 6 months do not normally need to be fed during the night, as long as they are feeding well during the day. This advice is in line with NHS guidance. Getting babies used to a distinct day time routine, which may include breast feeding as well as introducing solids, and night time routine with fewer or no feedings, at this age can help support good sleep practices as they get older.

However, many parents choose to continue to provide breast feeding during the night after 6 months, and this is entirely their choice. Sleep Scotland feels strongly that it is a parent’s right to choose, and we acknowledge the huge emotional benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child. Any advice we give is entirely to support those parents struggling with a sleepless child.

Sleep Support Line – extended service

Sleep Scotland is rolling out our free Sleep Support Line to provide on-the-spot guidance to parents and guardians struggling with their children’s and teenagers’ sleep problems. This includes, but is not limited to, mainstream, or typically developing, children and teenagers, who previously could not access our services.

The line will, for the first time, give all families across Scotland access to free support from Sleep Scotland’s experienced sleep counsellors, thanks to a grant from The Big Lottery Fund Scotland. Parents and carers will be able to seek tailored advice on sleep for their children, from sleepless toddlers to teenagers dealing with exam-stress and the distractions of social media. Details of the service, including opening hours and how to contact us, can be found here. If you are unable to call during those times, or require an alternative to using the telephone, please email us at and we will arrange an alternative.

Parent Sleep Support Sessions – Aberdeenshire

Sleep Scotland, in partnership with Adoption UK, will be running parent sleep support sessions in Aberdeenshire in March for adoptive and foster parents/carers. Those interested can sign up via the Eventbrite link below. Dates are as follows:

– Wednesday 14th March, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Elgin:
– Thursday 15th March, 10am to 12pm, Inverurie:

Free sleep advice sessions in Midlothian

Midlothian SureStart are running Free Sleep Advice Sessions with a trained sleep advisor covering a range of common problems.

Sessions will be held at Dalkeith Medical Centre from 9.30am—12.30pm on Mondays – 22nd and 29th Jan, 5th, 19th, 26th Feb, and 5th Mar.

At Rosslyn Medical Centre from 9.30am—12.30pm on Fridays – 19th and 26th Jan, 2nd, 9th and 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar

For more details, see their advert.