Relationship Between Breastfeeding and Sleep

It is very important for you to understand the relationship between breastfeeding and sleep. Having a deep understanding of breastfeeding and sleep relationship will help you to know the right time to breastfeed your baby. If you feed your baby at the right time, it is more likely that the baby will be stimulated during the day and sleep soundly at night. Your breast milk contains substances that serve your baby’s need at each time of the day. Ingredients that stimulate your baby during the day and those that help your baby to have a sound sleep at night are contained in your breast milk. Given this, you can turn breastfeeding to your advantage as a nursing mother. All you need is proper timing.

There are three major ingredients contained in your breast milk, which induce and relax your baby’s central nervous system. They also and enhance sound sleep in your baby. The concentration of these ingredients in your milk varies throughout the day. Researchers of the University of Extremadura discovered that the concentration of these ingredients especially the nucleotides was higher during the nighttime than during the day. This explains why your baby sleeps more at night.

Your breast milk contains wide range of hormones such as prolactin, cholecystokinin, oxytocin and melatonin. These hormones play a vital role in relaxing you and your baby. Melatonin was undetected during the day in a sample of breast milk examined by the researchers. But they detected it during the night. The researchers were surprise to discover this but they were not able to explain the reason for that. It could be nature’s own way of putting your baby to sleep during the nighttime.

Another research conducted in the University of Western Australia also shows that breast milk contains ingredients that cause babies to sleep soundly at night. As discovered by the researchers, the concentration of fat in your milk is high during breastfeeding and it continues to increase 90 minutes after breastfeeding.

Based on the above discoveries, experts recommend that you feed your baby with fresh breast milk. If you express your breast milk, you should not store it in order to feed your baby later on. The concentration of the ingredients in your breast will change. This will affect your baby’s behavior. For example, feeding your baby with milk expressed and stored in the refrigerator for few hours can make the baby to keep awake during the nighttime owing to changes in the concentration of breast milk content.

Dr Cristina, the lead researcher in the University of Extremadura likens feeding a baby at night with breast milk expressed and stored for hours to giving a person coffee at night. This is so because it contains both substances that induce sleep at night and others that stimulate activity in your baby during the day. The concentration of substances that stimulate your baby during the day will be higher in breast milk expressed and stored for hours.

Menopause Emotional Health: How Abuse Triggers Symptoms

Most women understand the importance of diet and exercise when it comes to hormone health. Your levels of physical activity and the foods you eat have a direct impact on maintaining healthy hormone levels.

That’s why it’s crucial to eat right and get enough exercise if you want to ease symptoms during your perimenopause years.

But for some women, diet and exercise won’t be enough. They could eat the perfect hormone balancing diet and exercise like a champ, but still experience severe symptoms. That’s because there’s one area of their life they keep overlooking.

And it involves what’s going on in their hearts.

To heal your body and experience vibrant health, you must look at all aspects of your life. Addressing menopause emotional health is just as important as addressing the physical.

Emotions play a major role in the healing process. If you carry around a lot of negativity like resentment, anger, hurt or sorrow, then you’ll likely experience severe perimenopause symptoms for some time.

And if you’re stuck in an abusive relationship, then it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll stay trapped in perimenopause hell indefinitely. Women living with the pain of spousal abuse constantly wrestle with negative emotions, which rarely get released. Because of the nature of the relationship, they lack the freedom to express their grievances. This scenario leads to a bottling up of emotions and stress that’s just toxic for the mind and body.

All of us know that stress has a disastrous effect on our health. Certainly, living with abuse on a daily basis and the stress that results can disrupt your hormone balance. And that imbalance will lead to severe perimenopause symptoms.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to be battered to be in an abusive relationship. Emotional abuse can be just as powerful as physical and is often harder to recognize. If you don’t feel safe to voice your concerns in your relationship, then you may be a victim of abuse. Breaking free of the relationship is not only important for your mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s also crucial for your physical health.

If you think that you might be a victim of abuse, call your local women’s shelter or domestic violence hotline to discuss your situation with a counselor. She can help you take your next step towards healing.

As you approach menopause, emotional health becomes more important than ever. At this stage of your life it’s normal to reflect on past regrets. Moving through these difficult emotions is key to your healing process.