All throughout your pregnancy, you fixate on the first nights snuggling with the baby you've waited so long to meet. When the first and second nights arrive, however, you might be a bit shocked that nights with your baby aren't at all what you expected. The first night tends to run smoothly, but most babies go through "second night syndrome," which can cause moms to worry that something is wrong. However, learning some tips for surviving the second night of breastfeeding before it happens can make you feel a bit more empowered and, at the very least, prepared.
According to Motherlove, second night syndrome is extremely common for newborns. After months of being warm, safe, and cozy in the womb, your baby is suddenly surrounded by unfamiliar faces, with strange lights, sounds, and smells. So it's no wonder their second night is a bit rough.
Second night syndrome usually entails frequent waking and cluster feeding, which can cause moms to worry that something is wrong with their baby or their milk supply. Having a few tips for surviving the second night with your baby, whether you're at home or in the hospital, can help you both bond during a difficult night and keep the stress at bay.