Breastfeeding families sometimes feel they have no need for overnight newborn care because they’ll be awake nursing the baby anyway. While it is true you might need to be awake to nurse your baby, we don’t think you should miss out on overnight care because of that! In our experience, overnight newborn care is incredibly beneficial to families that are breastfeeding their baby. Most often we see this go in phases.
During the newborn phase, your baby will nurse frequently and generally directly at the breast.
During this time, a Postpartum Doula will bring baby to you to nurse. Usually they’ll ask if there’s anything they can get you to make you more comfortable. Once your little one has been fed, your doula will change, swaddle, and soothe baby back to bed. All of this, while you enjoy a sip of the cold water you’ve just been brought and drift back to sleep.
Some families may like to incorporate a bottle into the mix. This can either involve bringing baby to you to nurse for the first feed and doing a bottle for the second feed or doing bottles the whole night. This might require you to get up and pump during the night which would be a task if you didn’t have a doula! Your doula can simply grab milk and pump parts from you and have them washed and ready for the next use. She’ll also label milk to your liking and place it in the fridge or freezer for storage.
Sometimes babies need a good bit of rocking or soothing after a feeding before they fall back to sleep. These middle of the night episodes aren’t always short and sweet. Even with breastfeeding overnight care allows you to go back to sleep sooner and easier, knowing she’s in good hands.
While you nurse your baby, the possibilities are vast as to what your doula can accomplish.
Imagine breastfeeding your newborn while your laundry folds itself! Having a Postpartum Doula providing overnight care makes this as close to reality as possible. Snuggle and relax with your baby in bed while your doula fixes you a midnight snack or refreshes your water. Once you’ve returned to sleep you can expect to wake well-rested to a straightened kitchen. For more ideas of what it might look like for your family, check out our blog on Overnight Postpartum Doula Care: A Night With Our Doulas.
Leave your baby in the capable and responsible hands of your doula. They will do the rest while you peacefully sleep. Since we know that sleep is a contributing factor to mental health, we are here to support new parents get adequate rest no matter what it takes!