Why does my baby need to breastfeed to sleep?
Breastfeeding a baby to sleep is often the quickest way to get a baby to sleep, generally more effective and safer than a pacifier, and faster than rocking, holding, and singing. Breastfeeding a baby to sleep also reduces crying. During the first month, babies are often asleep after breastfeeding. After the first month, breastfeeding is often followed by a period of wakefulness, but a little while after that, babies will rub their eyes, look sleepy, or indicate that they want to breastfeed to sleep. Five minutes of breastfeeding usually puts them to sleep. Mothers who need to give the baby extra milk after breastfeeding can breastfeed the baby to sleep after the extra milk. One common issue is that babies will fall asleep at the breast but then wake when they are put down. Mothers can try to prevent the baby from waking by wearing the baby in a wrap during the day and sleeping with the baby nearby at night.