Sleep and New Motherhood - Expectations vs Reality

In Western society we are utterly obsessed with sleep and ensuring that we get enough of it, something that does not mesh well with new parenthood. Babies are not designed by nature to fit in with our pre-baby sleep schedules, and for good reason. A newborn's stomach capacity is minimal (initially just 5 - 7mls - not much more than a teaspoon!) and babies readily metabolise breastmilk. Therefore, in order to thrive and receive the numerous benefits that breastfeeding offers, newborn babies need to feed very frequently, day and night  (something which is clearly in conflict with many parents' expectations around sleep).

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