Breastfed baby....formula at night??

Sabrina - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 1/2 months old. He is exclusively breastfed, but also gets cereal, oatmeal, fruit, veggies, and juice. BUT MAINLY BREASTMILK.



I have heard that formula lasts longer. A friend of mine who breastfed her baby gave her baby 1 bottle of formula at night before bed to help her sleep longer and not wake as much in the middle of the night.



I am thinking about doing that, but like i said, he only gets breastmilk. The only time that he got formula was the first 1-5 days after he was born bc he was jaundiced. My worry is that he will like the formula so much that he will reject my breastmilk. I am trying to breastfeed him until 1 year.



Any suggestions, opinions, and insights....would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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Marabeth - posted on 07/03/2009

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your supply will decrease without the appropriate night time nursing sessions.

Shawna - posted on 07/03/2009

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I would advise against giving a breastfed baby formula at night. Breastmilk is digested quicker usually within 3 hours. Formula can take a lot longer than that to digest and is much harder on a baby's immature digestive system. It might also cause your supply to drop. There is also a chance that your baby will not take the formula. It has a very nasty smell and taste, unlike that of breast milk which has a sweet smell and taste. Here is a link that talks about formula and sleeping longerhttp://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

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Marabeth - posted on 07/03/2009

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Quoting Sabrina:



Quoting Marabeth:

your supply will decrease without the appropriate night time nursing sessions.





He does not nurse in the middle of the night. He sleeps through the night. The first nurse session is at 630am. I do pump every 4 hours though or he eats....this is all day and through the night. I am not worried about my supply going down.....it is just fine!!






oh, in your original post you mentioned the reason for supplementing was to sleep for longer, less interrupted periods.  if this isnt an issue i wouldnt see any reason to give formula.  my daughter takes a nap about an hour after she wakes up for the morning too, its just her natural rhythm. 

Joy - posted on 07/03/2009

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Hi! Formula is easily digested compared to breastmilk that's why babies who take formulas can have their intake pattern as long as every 3-4hrs.

If you co-sleep with your baby it will easier for you to get him and nurse him. I would suggest continue w/ your bf sessions. Economical & it's the best for your baby.

Good luck! :)

Soffie - posted on 07/03/2009

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When my son who is now 8 months was 6 1/2 months he would not take frozen breast out of the bottle. He did not want to take the bottle at all. I started to pump a few ounces each day and feeding it to him in a bottle.It took a couple of days but he slowly started to take it. Then once he had the hang of the bottle i slowly inrtroduced the formula in the day time and continued breastfeeding at night( more conveniant) . I; like u was afraid he would not take the breast during the day after that, i was afraid he would like the formula better than me. But it didn't seem to bother him at all. He was eating both Breast and formula for a good month. I have also heard that formula is hevier in the tummy so they might sleep alittle longer, but in my experience he sleeps just the same,except at first he had a little gas from the formula and it would wake him up sometimes when i gave it to him before bed. Good luck and what ever u decide is good for you and your baby!

Amanda - posted on 07/03/2009

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If your son is sleeping through the night why bother giving him formula? I dont see the point of introducing formula to a child who is already getting what is best. You could actually cause issues doing this, gas, pooping problems, milk allergies, and then he wont be sleeping through the night any longer. Follow the old saying, if it aint broke dont fix it.

Sabrina - posted on 07/03/2009

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Quoting Marabeth:

your supply will decrease without the appropriate night time nursing sessions.


He does not nurse in the middle of the night. He sleeps through the night. The first nurse session is at 630am. I do pump every 4 hours though or he eats....this is all day and through the night. I am not worried about my supply going down.....it is just fine!!

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Quoting Sabrina:

He is sleeping fine. He is sleeping from about 930pm to between 7am and 8am....but I wanted him to be able to get more sleep, bc after he wakes in the morning, he is ready to go back to sleep for a nap about an hour later. I know that babies like about 10-12 hours of sleep at night, so I was just trying to help him out. I know that formula lasts longer, so I thought it might help.

With food, he does get oatmeal, he gets 3 tbsp oatmeal with 1/2 jar fruit at 8pm, then bath at 830pm,and then bottle at 9pm, and is usually in bed between 915-930.

Lately, he has been waking up at about 1am or 2am...but i can get him back to sleep in about 10-20 minutes. We just got through teething and learning to sit up, so his nights were very messed up, I am trying to get him back to sleeping all night again.



Um... my 15 month old goes to bed at 7:30/8 and gets up between 6 and 7.  He also wakes 2-5 times a night every night.  That's been pretty much the 'norm' his entire life. 



My advice?  Leave things as they are.  He is doing wonderfully.

Desirae - posted on 07/03/2009

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my son is 4 months old n is breastfed except for one bottle a day thats formula he refuses to take it from me but will take it from evryone else so just be aware of that.... i pump n add cereal to it at nite so that he would sleep longer i still do it n he sleeps from 8pm to 9 am... good luck

Sabrina - posted on 07/03/2009

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He is 6 1/2 months old and already went through his 6 month old growth spurt.

Sabrina - posted on 07/03/2009

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My supply is fine and I don't think it will drop. I pump about 3-4 times a day, so there is milk coming out pretty much every 4-5 hours. When he nurses with me during the day, he is eating every 4 hours, and then I pump before I go to bed and then I set an alarm to pump in the middle of the night. I am making sure that my supply does not go down at all.

Shawna - posted on 07/03/2009

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Quoting Angela:

Breastmilk is easier digested so the belly is empty quicker than a bottle fed baby.... try mixing the breast milk in with the formula. I have a 4 month old who I am debabting starting cereal with because he seems to be hungrier at night now....so I thought some before bed might help.


It is not recommended to mix breast milk with formula. Also at 4 months babies have a big growth spurt. Babies, and even toddlers and children, will eat more when they are having a growth spurt. Here is a link on 4 month old babies and their patterns changing.http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/...

Sabrina - posted on 07/03/2009

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He is sleeping fine. He is sleeping from about 930pm to between 7am and 8am....but I wanted him to be able to get more sleep, bc after he wakes in the morning, he is ready to go back to sleep for a nap about an hour later. I know that babies like about 10-12 hours of sleep at night, so I was just trying to help him out. I know that formula lasts longer, so I thought it might help.

With food, he does get oatmeal, he gets 3 tbsp oatmeal with 1/2 jar fruit at 8pm, then bath at 830pm,and then bottle at 9pm, and is usually in bed between 915-930.

Lately, he has been waking up at about 1am or 2am...but i can get him back to sleep in about 10-20 minutes. We just got through teething and learning to sit up, so his nights were very messed up, I am trying to get him back to sleeping all night again.

Jennifer - posted on 07/03/2009

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I have heard that formula last longer also, but I have also heard that it will not make a difference in sleeping through the night. Have you tried getting the baby back to sleep without offering him food? My baby is 4 months old. He still wakes twice during the night but I can get him to go back to sleep with a pacifier.

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Breastmilk is easier digested so the belly is empty quicker than a bottle fed baby.... try mixing the breast milk in with the formula. I have a 4 month old who I am debabting starting cereal with because he seems to be hungrier at night now....so I thought some before bed might help.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/03/2009

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since he is already 6.5 months, i don't think you have to worry to much about nipple confusion. or that he'll like the formula better, breast milk is much sweeter :) i've tasted both, and formula to me just tastes like that powered meal replacement crap lol
when my son was about 6 months, i started giving him oatmeal before bedtime (along with a boob of course) and he did seemed to sleep longer.

Jenn - posted on 07/03/2009

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1 bottle of formula at night for a breastfed baby will not make him reject breastfeeding, however I could not get my kids to sit still and breastfeed past 7 months, just because the bottle was more portable and easier to take exploring new things.

Jenn - posted on 07/03/2009

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1 bottle of formula at night for a breastfed baby will not make him reject breastfeeding, however I could not get my kids to sit still and breastfeed past 7 months, just because the bottle was more portable and easier to take exploring new things.

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