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How to Get a Baby to Sleep Through the Night When Breastfeeding

A breastfeeding newborn may not sleep through the night because she needs to nurse every few hours, especially during the first few months, says Leigh Anne O’Connor, a New York-based certified lactation consultant. As a baby gets older, a mom can cluster feed. This means feeding the baby at closer intervals throughout the day and then spacing out feedings in longer increments in the evening. “If she follows her baby’s cues and nurses in the cluster, she will likely find that this will ‘tank up’ her baby so that she may take a longer period between feedings and sleep through the night,” O’Connor notes.

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