What is dream feeding?
Dream feeding is a popular parenting practice that involves nursing or bottle-feeding an infant while they are still sleeping. It can be used to help babies sleep for longer periods of time throughout the night, as well as make sure they get enough nutrition during the day.
The idea is to wake the baby just enough to eat, without fully waking them up. This is usually done during the last feeding of the night, around 10 or 11 PM. Dream feeding can also be beneficial for mothers who need to return to work soon after giving birth and want their baby to have full bellies when mom is away from home.
When dream feeding, it’s important not to wake up your baby completely; instead you should aim for a light rouse in order keep them calm and relaxed so that they don’t become too alert or upset by being fed while asleep.
To do this, you will want to turn on low lighting before beginning your dream feed session such as dimming lamps or turning on night lights in the room where your infant sleeps; then gently stroke their forehead until he/she stirs slightly but does not fully awaken yet. Once this happens, proceed with either nursing or bottle-feeding depending upon what works best with your little one - just remember to take care not overfeed them since it may cause discomfort if too much milk has been consumed at once!
It's important to note that this technique doesn't work for all babies, and some might wake fully and become more hard to settle. Also, dream feeding can interfere with the natural hunger pattern that some babies develop and can lead to overfeeding. It's important to follow your baby's cues and not force them to eat if they don't seem interested. With proper preparation and technique though parents should find success when implementing these practices into the daily routine of caring for newborns and infants alike.