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.