Jump to content
5 replies to this topic
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?
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.
Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.
''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.
It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.
Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.
It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.
One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.
Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.
Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.
My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.
A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her.
A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.
A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck.
Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.
I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.
For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.
Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.
Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.
Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.
Top 5 Articles
Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.
Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?
She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.
A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.
Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.
It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement about the alphabet.
Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night.
An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.
It was all too much excitement for this dad.
The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.
The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.
Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.
Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.
Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.
Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!