Jump to content

Mixed feeding?


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Leafprincess

Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:38 PM

So my little one feeds every two hours and he has a very healthy appetite sometimes feeding for up to 45 minutes, though usually only for 20 minutes.

He has a touch of reflux too, so after feeding, there is much burping & holding at 45 degree angle to prevent vomiting.

Needless to say I haven't had much sleep, So tonight my well meaning aunt suggested that I formula feed him at night so he will sleep through the night. We did comp feed for the first week and half as he was a premie and my milk hadn't come in as quickly as I would have liked.

I don't know what to think about such advice. I have always be told that breast is best and I definitely produce enough milk now, I do express and DP does one feed a day.

Has anyone fed their baby formula at night so they would sleep through? What were your experiences?

How long until your little one moved towards three- four hourly feeds?

#2 mummaorange

Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:44 PM

the more formula you feed, the more baby may want. Giving the bub formula COULD make them sleep longer. But honestly your baby is soooo new. just give him his mummy milk when he wants it. Soon he will go longer between feeds original.gif If he is gaining weight fine, you are providing him well enough.

in regards to the long feeding, my dd takes 30 mins to feed at almost 8 months, but has a posterior tongue tie. Maybe have baby checked if you are worried. He could just be comfort sucking <3

#3 cira

Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:49 PM

My MIL kept suggesting formula for my babe that needed frequent feeds (2 hourly). I looked into it but based on my research it is a myth that FF babies sleep better or longer.

Keep in mind that BFing doesn't have to be on-demand, some Mums choose to space out the feeds and set a four hour schedule from very young. Maybe your MCHN could give you soem advice on this.

#4 redglittershoes

Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

What about expressing so someone else could do a feed if you really need a rest, or perhaps try dream feeding? I dream fed my DS and it worked great for that bit of extra sleep. I would stick with the breast feeding. Good luck! These days seem like they will last forever but they really don't.

#5 lucky 2

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:01 PM

Hi, it says on your ticker that your baby is adjusted 6 days old.
I would encourage you to continue to exclusively breast milk feed (ie exclusively breast feeding or express as you are already doing) because this is what needs to happen so you continue to produce the amount of milk needed for your baby to grow in the usual way.
It is not expected that a 6 day old baby would sleep through the night, even with formula feeding.
Your Aunts suggestion isn't in the best interests of your baby (I know she is trying to help you sleep more) and is unrealistic considering the age of your baby.
I'd suggest you talk things through with you CHN and perhaps a LC to review how your baby is feeding, just to ensure he is feeding to the best of his capacity.
Feeds at this age are usually btn 8-12 per 24 hours with 10 being an average, all around the clock.
Could it be that if your baby was born at 36 weeks that he has been quite settled but appears now more unsettled?
This commonly happens and because baby starts to take longer to sleep after feeds, especially at night, parents think that something is "wrong" when often what is happening is that baby is now behaving like a newborn term baby.
Newborn term babies are less likely to settle easy after feeds especially at night (often 11-12 mn to 4-5 am) and will sleep easier after dawn and in the morning.
When they are a few weeks old they can now be more unsettled in the evenings.
Congratulations on the birth of your baby, I hope you can get some rest in the day, especially in the mornings and I often had a late afternoon nap to help me cope (sort of) with the night duty.
All the best.

#6 Leafprincess

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:58 AM

Thank you everyone.

I Think I just needed a confidence boost to continue demand feeding Sabre.

I don't mind the lack of sleep, I figure it won't be long when he doesn't need as frequent feeding and one day he won't need me at all.

Lucky2
I wonder why it is they think 8-11am is bedtime?!
Luckily I crash out during the day when he sleeps, DP on the otherhand is returning to work today & will probably walk around like a zombie all day.

We have an appt with the CHN on Friday so I will follow up with them then.

Thank you again.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Eight things to do as your due date nears

The home stretch of pregnancy can seem like an eternity. But there are some constructive ways that you can pass the time.

Lily Allen takes Twitter break after taunts about stillborn son

Singer Lilly Allen has announced that she is taking a break from Twitter after she was subjected to hateful trolling over the weekend about her stillborn son.

1756 questions a day: What's a mum to do?

There was a time when I thought that waterboarding was the most serious torture threat facing civilisation. Then my toddler started asking me questions.

Nick Cannon welcomes baby boy with a 'Golden' name

Rapper, actor and former America's Got Talent star, Nick Cannon, has welcomed a baby boy with actress, Brittany Bell. 

Mum takes aim at those who called breastfeeding photos 'gross'

Renowned Gold Coast fitness blogger Nadine Muller says she is "proud & confident to stand up to people's ignorance," as she hit back at an online troll who attempted to shame her by calling her breastfeeding photos "gross" and done just for attention.

The heroes who take the pain out of grocery shopping with kids

We've got two happy stories to tell you, and they both feature the most kind-hearted checkout operators you can imagine.

Adorable donut and avocado smash photo shoots

Getting babies messy with all kinds of food is something Lyndsey's PhotoCo excels at.

'Spend every waking moment with your children'

The heartbroken parents of a baby who died in a baby swing have spoken out to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving infants alone.

Three white balloons at gender reveal party will touch your heart

Little did this mum-to-be know that their friend had arranged something extra special for their gender reveal party.

A note on friendship and the loss of one of your 'tribe'

There are the friends you grow up with, the people who know you inside and out, who know your flaws, your secrets, your talents and your failures. Katie was one of my tribe.

Is this celebrity baby name for real?

Forget Apple. Forget North West. Forget Kal-El Cage even (son of Nic).

Watch this stubborn toddler school her dad on counting to five

Once a toddler makes up their mind about something, it's very hard to persuade them to change it. Just ask this dad!

Why I'm happy to be a terrible mother

 I am, by any measure, a terrible, awful, mother. Read any advice book, any glossy brochure in the doctor's waiting room, and they will tell you – I suck at being a mum.

'My baby saved my life by finding my breast cancer'

A 26-year-old mum has credited her baby boy with saving her life after his sudden refusal to breastfeed led to her being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The double dip gender reveal party

The most entertaining gender reveals are the ones with a twist and this one is no exception, with double the fun for guests.

Five reasons why I can't wait to be pregnant again

This time, I know it will be my last bump and I plan to enjoy every moment.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.