Do bottle fed babies sleep better than breast fed babies?
I breastfed my daughter for 14 months. I was really attached to it but it was bloody hard work. She was very demanding and I spent the first 6 weeks thinking I was going to pass out constantly from exhaustion and the next 15 months thinking she would never stop waking up every 2 hours to feed. (Mostly for comfort.)
This time around I'm much more willing to bottle feed if it's what's best. With a daughter I have to get up, ready and sorted for school, and a pretty set routine with her, I do think that if my baby is waking up every 2 hours at night then I'm going to just start bottle feeding because everyone tells me bottle fed babies sleep better.
Has anyone done both? Like breastfed one child and not the other. Is it a myth?
I think a lot of it is down to the individual baby. My almost 6 month old is breastfed, and only sleeps for an hour at a time at night before she is awake again, and this goes on all night. It's exhausting. Bottle-fed babies of my friends are all sleeping pretty much through the night, or only waking once, but equally some of my breastfeeding friends' babies are sleeping a good 6-7 hours at a time, so I don't think bottle feeding necessarily means you will get more sleep. Good luck with whatever you decide!
Nope not true. My son was on bm and would sleep for 12 hours at 3 months. When we had to introduce formula he was sleeping horribly.
It's definitely not a guarantee. I wouldn't make a feeding choice on that hope anyway. Formula just takes longer to digest.
I breastfed one but not the other, because of the meds I was taking.
To be honest, yes, Mojo (bottle fed) did sleep better than Madeleine (breast fed).
However... he was an all round easier baby than she was generally.
I do know of breastfed babies who sleep through the night and formula fed ones that don't, so I'm not sure it makes a difference.
With Madeleine we co slept so it was actually easier to breastfeed. With Mojo we didn't co sleep because I didn't like it because I never slept well worrying I'd roll on Madeleine.
Madeleine slept through the night for the first time at 21 months (we stopped co sleeping at 18 months). Before that she used to wake every 2 hours or so throughout the night for milk. Mojo slept through around 6 months I think but I can't really remember, but it was definately a lot earlier.
I think there are various different things which affect a baby sleeping. My daughter was breastfed and began sleeping for longer stretches at about 3 months and by 6 months was sleeping through the night. However, I will say, we took the decision to stop offering a night feed when she was being weaned. As you noted, your LO was waking for a feed mainly for comfort. It is just as likely a FF baby will look for the same comfort so the only difference would be, you'd need to give a bottle for comfort - if you choose to comfort in that way. All babies (and this isn't even a generalisation - they ALL do this) sleep in cycles. The length of sleep cycle does differ from person to person, but at some point, usually between 30 and 45 minutes the sleep cycle becomes very shallow and it isn't uncommon for there to be a wakening. Sometimes you won't even be aware it is happening, but sometimes with babies it can be disruptive and if they usually rely on a feed to go to sleep (or a dummy, or rocking etc) they will cry out until they get it. It makes no difference whether they are seeking a bottle or a boob, they will wake you. And having a full tummy, as formula does digest more slowly, doesn't mean A) they won't wake or B) they won't wake you.
The trick is, to make sure the feed (whatever you choose) doesn't become their route into sleep. If a baby is able to fall asleep without one of these props at nap and bedtimes, they will be able to fall asleep when they wake in the night. As you have discovered, not all babies find their own way or "grow out" of nighttime wakings, sometimes they need a little help.
I fell into the habit of sending Abby off to sleep on the boob. This was great and lovely and everything, when she was a baby, but as she got older, it was clear I would need to stop doing that as she was unable to fall back to sleep. What I did was, changed the routine of things so she was fed as soon as she was awake, rather than before she went off to sleep. And as she got sleepy, I laid her down, drowsy (but awake) and let her drift into her own sleep. She did this by rubbing her nose with her sleeve and sucking her tongue, it was incredibly sweet - and she still does it by rubbing her toy elephant on her nose at 3 years old.
Next time round I will start with this pattern to avoid the hellish few weeks we had getting her off to sleep at 5 months!
I'm not judging anyone who chooses formula over breastfeeding as it is entirely personal choice, but in my opinion, making the choice of which to use based on how much a baby will sleep is going down the wrong road - mainly because you may well end up disappointed!
Mine sleeps through, but I don't believe it's due to formula. I do not think breast fed babies are superior to FF babies at all, but I know it's healthier for them and don't think it's a great idea to change just for sleep. All of my friends breast feed and none of their babies sleep through (older and younger than mine) but I think it's more of that "momma's closeness" when feeding and being pressed up next to momma and falling asleep that way. If they were older and would take a bottle, if I was still breast feeding I personally would do night feeds bottled expressed BM just to break up the habit a bit.
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