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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 Counsellor Training – Glasgow October 2019


This is an in-depth course for professionals working with children with additional support needs and sleep problems.

 

The course will provide delegates with:
  • a comprehensive knowledge of sleep processes
  • an understanding of the psychology and physiology of sleep particularly for those with additional support needs
  • the cognitive and behavioural principles and techniques available to manage the sleep problems of children and young people with additional support needs
  • information on how to set up and run a sleep counselling service

£790 for delegates working in Scotland.
£990 for delegates working outwith Scotland (due to funding received from the Scottish Government).


The course will be held in Glasgow on 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th October with a follow up day TBC. To apply, please follow this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1910SCGLAS

We will also be holding a Sleep Counselling course in Edinburgh in February 2020. Applications now open here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/200224SCEDIN


1 Day ‘Sound Sleep’ Training for schools


Sound Sleep is an education programme for children that raises awareness of the importance of sleep for health and wellbeing and helps individuals to adopt positive sleep habits into their daily routines. The one day ‘train the trainer’ course for professionals working with children in education will provide delegates with an introduction to the physiology of sleep and sleep disorders, an understanding of how to get a good night’s sleep and an overview of sleep hygiene theory and putting it in to practice. There is also an introduction to the Sound Sleep manual – a unique teaching resource providing you with everything you need to run sleep lessons across your school.

‘Sound Sleep’ for Primary Schools – Edinburgh, 12th September 2019

 Cost: £195 (including VAT)   Apply online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1908SSPEDIN

‘Sound Sleep’ for Secondary Schools – Glasgow – 5th September 2019

Cost: £195 (including VAT)   Apply online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1909SSHGLAS


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 sleepsupport@sleepscotland.org and we will arrange an alternative.


Adoption UK project


We have recently started a new project in collaboration with Adoption UK. The project is designed to train the parents, carers, and professionals involved in the care of care-experienced children about sleep. Getting to sleep can be particularly hard for children who have had a difficult start to life. Part of the project will see Sleep Scotland offering workshops for parents and carers. These workshops will be held across Scotland. Keep an eye out for more details in the next few months…