PART FOUR: POSTNATAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CIRCADIAN RHYTHM
Learn how the circadian rhythm develops in the newborn and how to provide optimal support.
After birth, the baby’s circadian rhythm will entrain to the mother’s circadian rhythm across the first months of life1
Milk from mothers with preterm babies will actually have higher melatonin than mothers with full term babies2
Cortisol levels are opposite of melatonin (ie, cortisol in the day and melatonin at night)
Mothers who pump should make sure to pump throughout the day and especially try to pump during the ~3am daily melatonin spike
Babies who are getting pumped milk should be given milk at a similar time of day as it was pumped to match the hormonal cues with the actual time of day3
Since babies don’t make melatonin, babies may rely more on social cues and daytime sunshine for their circadian timing than adults4
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