Dreamfeed Basics



What is a dreamfeed?


It’s a parent lead feeding, offered between 10-11pm in deep sleep also known as stage 4 sleep. It can not be given at any other time, and the latest you can start the DF is 11pm.


Who should have a dreamfeed?


Babies who are under 14lbs in weight, under 6 months and eating less than 2 X a day should have a dreamfeed, however, please note that it is best tied in with sleep training NOT where it is the most beneficial.


How does a dreamfeed work?


A dreamfeed works by filling the babies tummy prior to the entering of active sleep | light sleep, so that you can more confidently, work on removing feeds through active sleep until the morning cut off time, which is 6am or later. Active sleep runs from 11.30pm all the way through to 5am, it’s this stretch of sleep that babies have to sleep through to qualify as sleeping through the night, however, this can not be achieved until they are at least 12 lbs in weight.


How big should the dreamfeed be?


FOr a bottle fed baby, it should be in the range of 4-8floz, and for a breastfed baby it usually levels off around 8-12 minutes. Please remember that these are averages.


When should I stop doing a dreamfeed?


I find that parents struggle to stay up to do the dreamfeed, but when it’s time to let go, they feel sad, as it’s such a quiet cuddly time with a baby - it should be removed though, around that 6 month mark, as solids are introduced and


How should I remove a dreamfeed?


There are two ways to remove it, you can phase it out, by reducing down how long you breastfeed for until you hit around 3 minutes, or you can reduce down how much you offer in the bottle until it’s around 2floz -


You can also just cut it out cold turkey


You should remove it in the way in which you feel the MOST confident.