Why I Love Night Feeds

This post initially started out as a rant and moan about sleep deprivation. But what’s the point? Yes, I’m tired beyond belief (I can’t believe I ever moaned about being tired pre-baby) and yes I crave a stretch of sleep longer than 4 hours, but this little slice of my life is so short in the grand scheme of things I don’t want to be negative about it. So instead I’m turning that frown upside down and going to write about the reasons why I enjoy the night feeds, because actually when they’re over I know a part of me is going to miss it.

  • The warm, floppy cuddles. Grace does this adorable stretch and pout when I go to put her back in the cot.
  • The mother daughter bond. It’s just me and her, the rest of the world with all its chaos and stresses just doesn’t seem to exist in those early hours.
  • The Peace (when she’s not crying!), sometimes we’re treated to the birds’ chirping and a sunrise.
  • Her breathing, I love listening to her breath and sigh and we often end up in sync with each other.

… and on a practical note it’s a good time to catch up on the internet/shop!

I’m not trying to diminish the effect sleep deprivation has, Grace has never slept through and still wakes on average every 3-4 hours at 5 months old, so I know the foggy head, how am I going to get through the day feeling. And it’s tough, maybe the toughest thing about being a new mum. But I don’t want that to negatively overshadow my experience of these early months as they are so precious. So until night time resumes to an uninterrupted 8 hours I will keep drinking coffee (I’ve discovered a love for iced mochas!) slap on the concealer and soak in everyone of those warm, cosy, snuggles because before I know it she’s not going to need me at 3am and while the sleep deprived me is craving that day, the soppy maternal side of me will be sad.

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16 comments

  1. Love this post! Yes the night feeds are super tough but I know that when they finish secretly I will miss them a bit. I feel like when I’m feeding my baby at night and the rest of the world is asleep we have our special quiet time and our bond is at its best! I love it when he falls asleep on me – he’s so comfy and cute! And I agree the sleepy stretch is the best!xxx

  2. Couldn’t agree more! My little one has just turned two and still often wakes in the night. I still breastfeed him too but he only wants it during the night or before a nap now so I still treasure those occasional night feeds even now. Grace is gorgeous! Well done for being positive as sleep deprivation is tough x

  3. Couldn’t agree more! My little one has just turned two and still often wakes in the night. I still breastfeed him too but he only wants it during the night or before a nap now so I still treasure those occasional night feeds even now. Grace is gorgeous! Well done for being positive as sleep deprivation is tough #KCACOLS x

    1. The positivity comes and go’s! I’m just so aware this is such a short period so want to treasure it all! Thanks for reading

    1. My daytime cuddles are getting more limiter now too so need to make the most of every single one – even if it is at 3am! Thanks for commenting

  4. What a gorgeous post. I also loved the night-time feeds with my girls when it was juts the two of us. it’s getting through the next day that is the problem. Lovely photos of your gorgeous baby. #KCACOLS

  5. Sleep deprivation is the worst isnt it! I remember it well. But what lovely reasons to embrace the night feeds though. Despite the exhaustion I used to just love sitting there looking at my daughter as she gurgled her way back to sleep.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  6. Oh, Grace is such a beautiful little girl!!!! I’m 18 months in, and am still waiting for the uninterrupted sleep-my son has never slept through! But, that’s okay, because I know one day when I’m 60, I will miss these days, and will wish I could be sleep-deprived again. Way to look on the bright side mama, thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

    1. Ah thank you. It’s so easy to get sucked into the moment and feel like it’s never ending, but the bigger picture its such a short time

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