I didn’t even know that there was a trend among childbirth educators to encourage breastfeeding moms to forego breastfeeding at night in order to have a better night’s sleep. This was completely news to me until I stumbled upon this article. While the article does a good job of reviewing the latest research and completely debunking this myth (it turns out that breastfeeding moms actually get more sleep, and better quality sleep than bottle feeding moms), there is something to this that resonated with me.
I have often told new moms to do their best to attribute their inconsistent moods, general exhaustion, and other overwhelmed feelings to their sleep deprivation, to expect these things, and to treat themselves kindly – at least until they are sleeping through the night. It is good to know that the research demonstrates this has nothing to do with breastfeeding. Sleep deprivation plays a major role in the post partum period, regardless of how you feed your baby. It turns out though, that breastfeeding just might get you more sleep in the end – can you believe that?