Giving breastfed baby formula before bed?

Jamie - posted on 07/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have a 6 month old baby boy. He is amazing! I am a part time working mom, step mom of 2 girls (7, 5) with 1/2 custody and we have our boy. He is breastfed and seems to be grazing through the night. I am exhausted. We have tried encorporating cereal before bedtime. He is waking after 3 hours. Anyone have success with adding formula before bed to sleep a little longer? I will still plan to pump to keep up my supply I will be continuing to bf until 1 year.


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Dove - posted on 07/21/2012




Adding formula CAN (not will, but can) create tummy issues that could make his sleeping worse. I know you're exhausted, but his sleeping habits are perfectly normal. You could try having your husband comfort him back to sleep every other wake time to see if he's actually hungry or just waking up out of habit. Otherwise... wait him out.

PLEASE do not put cereal in his bottle. It has dangerous potential and if your feeding him cereal before bedtime anyway.... putting it in the bottle would be completely pointless. Solids do help some babies sleep through the night, but for others it means nothing.

Becky - posted on 07/21/2012




My son now 4 didn't sleep through the night fully until he was two. Because of asthma meds I was unable to breast feed and so only gave him the bottle. As he got older to help him sleep a little longer I added gerber baby rice to it. They tell you on the box how to prepare it. It might help and it has no additives and should be safe for his age. Don't mix it too thick though or it will clog the nipple.
Good luck with getting him to sleep a little longer. I don't know if this will help but I was told that babies are creatures of comfort and are very reluctant to change, (if mom rocks me to sleep tonight she can do it every night). It was recommended to me that for any feed that you want to sleep a little longer for, give him water (sterilized) instead. It's supposed to make the idea of waking up for milk less attractive. Although this method worked with my daughters 3am feed. (so she slept through from 12am to 6am) it did not work with my son. I know it's exhausting but hang in there.

Amy - posted on 07/21/2012




No I didn't have any luck with formula before bedtime. Sometimes I worked late at night so I always offered a dream feed before I went to bed so that I could get a couple of hours at night before my daughter woke up. However once my daughter started teething sleep became nonexistent, the most we would get was 3 hours and then she would be up every hour or 1/2 hour. Some nights I just had to sleep with her in my arms, just so I could catch some zzz's.

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