What are the risks of a baby sleeping more than five hours?
When a baby sleeps for more than five hours at night, the mother’s breasts become full. This may be fine for mothers whose breasts have a large storage capacity, but others can find their breasts overfull and their nipples becoming tender. Over time, the lack of regular milk removal can result in a reduced milk supply and poor growth in the baby. Some mothers will also notice their periods back within two months of the long night sleeps starting. These babies need to be woken by five hours or if the baby will not breastfeed at night, the mother needs to express her breasts. If a newborn baby is very sleepy and feeding less than seven times in one day, the baby may be underfed and may urgently need to be given extra milk.