How much do you feed a dream feed?
How much do you feed during a dream feeding? There is no right or wrong answer to this one; you can do a small “snack” feeding of 2-3oz, you could do their normal 4-6oz, you could feed on one side if breastfeeding, or feed on both sides! Some babies will only drink a tiny amount, some will take in the full feeding.
How long should dream feed last?
Remember, your goal with dream feeding is to help your baby sleep from the time you go to bed through until the morning. As stated above, 5 to 10 minutes on each side should be enough for most babies.
When should I introduce dream feed?
4 months may be the most popular age to begin dream feeding. Between 4 months and 6 months, babies will often experience another growth spurt and naturally show signs of needing an extra night feeding (even if they previously dropped an overnight feed).
Do you change a nappy during dream feed?
Do not change his nappy before the feed. Just lift and feed. Your baby can usually sleep through from 7pm-7am around 4 months old and 15/16lbs. Then, if your baby is still sleeping until 7am you can drop the feed altogether and let your baby sleep all night!
Does a dream feed really work?
As with most things baby or sleep-related, dream feeding works for some babies and not for others. In my experience, it works about 50% of the time. Some research shows that by getting one or more feedings between 10pm and midnight, babies wake up less during the night, which makes sense!
Can I dream feed at 3am?
As long as your baby is healthy and has no medical issues, you should be able to drop his/her night feed (usually at 3am for most babies) from around 12 weeks or when they reach 5kg. Deciding to drop this feed means that you can expect baby to sleep through the night from 7pm-7am with a Dream Feed at 11pm.
What if baby won’t wake up for dream feed?
If your baby won’t eat for the dream feed, they simply might not be awake enough and require some extra gentle stimulation. Alternatively, dream feeding might not be for your baby. Try to establish it for a week, but know that a dream feed is not for everyone!
How much milk should you dream feed?
Slowly start reducing the amount of milk at the Dream Feed by 20-30ml if bottle feeding until your baby is having about 60ml. At this point, decide whether it’s time to stop the feed completely. If breastfeeding, minimise the amount of time your baby is feeding by 2 minutes every 3 nights.
When should you not do a dream feed?
For instance, some recommend that dream feeds should stop after your baby is 16 weeks old (Paul et al 2016). Others, like Tracey Hogg, suggest that “tanking up” can remain useful until your baby is 6 months old (Hogg and Blau 2005).
Is dream feeding bad?
If your baby wakes up during the feeding, soothe them back to sleep as you would at bedtime. It may take a few nights for your baby to get used to it. When it works, a dream feed is completely safe and a wonderful thing!
When Should night feeds stop?
Bottle fed infants typically can wean off night feeding by 6 months of age. Breast fed infants tend to take longer, up to a year of age.