Babywise Tips – What’s the Difference Between a Dream Feed and Late Night Feeding?

 

Mothers will commonly ask if there is a difference between the late-evening feed and the dream feed since they both fall around the same time at night.  Yes, there is a difference!  The late-evening feeding provides the necessary nutrition baby needs and is part of a baby’s routine up through the first three months.  The dream feed comes later in a baby’s life.  It is not offered because the baby needs the calories, but to help the breastfeeding mom maintain her milk supply.  Not all mothers need to offer a “dream feed,” but the probability increases as a mom’s age moves into her mid-30’s.

 

Excerpt taken from On Becoming Babywise by pediatrician Robert Bucknam, M.D. and Gary Ezzo, M.A. (2017 6th Edition).

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