Monday, August 22, 2011

Breastfeeding vs Bottlefeeding and Sleep!

I have not blogged in a while because I've been pretty sleep deprived.  So I'm going to make this short but just wanted to throw out this topic because I'm not yet sure what to believe.

Many folks believe that formula fed babies sleep through the night earlier than babies who are exclusively breastfed.  The idea is that breast milk digests easier and baby is hungry sooner.  It makes sense.  However, interestingly, moms who formula feed do not necessarily sleep better than moms who breastfeed.  This is according to this one study in the journal, Pediatrics.

None of my kids so far have been great sleepers.  #1 did not really sleep through the night until she was almost 15 months!  #2 took about 12 months.  I'm hoping #3 will be sleeping through by 3-6 months.  Right now, I just want him to stay asleep in between feeds... I can handle 2-3 hours of sleep at a time but waking up every 30 minutes is too painful (thankfully that only happened one or two times).

So right now I should be sleeping since he is sleeping...  


  1. As a family doc and a mom of 4, I have to say that I don't think formula kids necessarily sleep longer at a stretch, but #1 they eat faster! and #2 someone else besides mom can feed them! So it must feel like more sleep to mom...

    Congrats on number 3.

  2. I breastfed all five kids,and the sleeping habits range perhaps it's highly individual?

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  4. Thanks for your comments.

    Yes, Lillian, I agree that there is a component that is highly individual. After all, even adults vary widely in sleep habits.

    I also agree with Dr G that it helps to have someone feed with a bottle at night. My husband or mom actually help with one feed giving a bottle of pumped breastmilk at night. It definitely helps and gives me a break. Now whether giving formula instead of breastmilk will help baby sleep longer is another question...