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Do moms or dads get up more frequently with the baby?
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Moms. If you are breast feeding, it simply a physical issue.
..You have the milk and therefore you will be up. Even if you pump, your breasts know when it is time to feed and will often wake you up before the baby arouses. When formula feeding, many parents alternate night feeds so one parent can rest. Moms still predominate if dad is back at work within 1-2 weeks.

In brief: Yes
Moms. If you are breast feeding, it simply a physical issue.
..You have the milk and therefore you will be up. Even if you pump, your breasts know when it is time to feed and will often wake you up before the baby arouses. When formula feeding, many parents alternate night feeds so one parent can rest. Moms still predominate if dad is back at work within 1-2 weeks.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Both get up frequently.
Babies generally feed every 3 hours for the first couple of months. If baby is breastfed generally moms get up to feed the baby. It's then helpful if dad can take the baby, change the diaper and soothe back to sleep while mom goes straight back to bed. This is a nice way to split the duties during the middle of the night.

In brief: Yes
Both get up frequently.
Babies generally feed every 3 hours for the first couple of months. If baby is breastfed generally moms get up to feed the baby. It's then helpful if dad can take the baby, change the diaper and soothe back to sleep while mom goes straight back to bed. This is a nice way to split the duties during the middle of the night.
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Most likely the moms get up more frequently with a baby than the dads do, because the moms have the breasts & breastmilk.

In brief: Yes
Most likely the moms get up more frequently with a baby than the dads do, because the moms have the breasts & breastmilk.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Yes
Moms, by a landslide, but i heard there was a statue in portugal to a man who was canonized for getting up to feed his children every night, and thousands of women make the pilgrimage to pray for their husbands to do this occasionally.
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In brief: Yes
Moms, by a landslide, but i heard there was a statue in portugal to a man who was canonized for getting up to feed his children every night, and thousands of women make the pilgrimage to pray for their husbands to do this occasionally.
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics
In brief: No
In this day and age, everyone's personal situation is different.
It is common in some families for mom to be the only who gets up at night, and in others for the dad to be the one up feeding (because dad is the stay at home parent), and in lots of others for both parents to share in these responsibilities. Open communication with your partner is the best bet to get through the first few months.

In brief: No
In this day and age, everyone's personal situation is different.
It is common in some families for mom to be the only who gets up at night, and in others for the dad to be the one up feeding (because dad is the stay at home parent), and in lots of others for both parents to share in these responsibilities. Open communication with your partner is the best bet to get through the first few months.
Dr. Adam Naddelman
Dr. Adam Naddelman
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
In brief: No
That depends on the family and the daily routine of each parent, you as a couple need to discuss options that will be helpful to each of you.

In brief: No
That depends on the family and the daily routine of each parent, you as a couple need to discuss options that will be helpful to each of you.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Moms usually. When you are breast feeding, you have the milk and will be up more often for feedings.
It is simply a physical issue. If bottle feeding, many parents alternate night feedings so one parent can rest. If dad is back to work within 1-2 weeks and mom is off longer (which she should be!) then moms tend to be up so dad can rest for work.

In brief: Yes
Moms usually. When you are breast feeding, you have the milk and will be up more often for feedings.
It is simply a physical issue. If bottle feeding, many parents alternate night feedings so one parent can rest. If dad is back to work within 1-2 weeks and mom is off longer (which she should be!) then moms tend to be up so dad can rest for work.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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