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Dream Feeding


Getting an extra feeding in for your baby after they’ve already gone to sleep, or dream feeding, can sometimes help them have a longer stretch of sleep before waking again. A dream feed is usually done a few hours after you’ve put your baby down for the night, according to Jenelle Ferry, M.D., neonatologist and director of feeding, nutrition and infant development at Pediatrix® Neonatology of Florida. “The goal is to arouse the baby enough to eat, but not enough to fully awaken, and then quickly get back to sleep,” said Dr. Ferry. “This semi-awake state is kind of like a dream state, hence the name dream feeding.”

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