I was wondering, is it true that breastfed babies wake up more often in the middle of the night and take longer to sleep through the night?
Asked by Anonymous at 10:11 PM on Sep. 26, 2009 in General Parenting
Answer by Gailll at 10:33 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
Answer by Petie at 10:18 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
Answer by piwife at 10:22 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
Answer by gdiamante at 10:30 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
Answer by piwife at 10:36 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
well it depends- my baby wakes maybe 3 or 4 times a night but all i do is put him in my bed laying next to me and i breastfeed him lying down and we both fall asleep together while bfing- we have done that since birth and he is now almost 3 months- its worked out so far and i can say i get about the same amount of sleep as before he was born
Answer by lovelyli217 at 10:44 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
That's what I'd always heard. My formula-fed baby was sleeping 12 hours at 2.5 months, so I expected to go a little longer with my breastfed baby, but she was sleeping 11 hours at 1.5 months. Since there's no way of telling how long it would take a formula-fed baby to sleep through the night if they'd been breastfed, there's no way to know if it's true or not. But in my experience, it hasn't made any difference at all.
Answer by DragonRiderMD at 11:32 PM on Sep. 26, 2009
My breastfed baby slept 4 - 6 hours at a time when she was about 3 weeks old maintained that sleep schedule until she was almost 3 months old. From about 3 months until about 5.5 months, she woke up 2 or 3 times a night. Now, at 5.5 months, she sleeps 8 - 10 hours at a stretch and takes 3 naps during the day. Each baby is different and their sleep schedules change often when they are this young. Baby will develop his or her own sleep schedule when (s)he is ready, try not to push one on him/her. Find a sleep situation that works best for your family to make the most of the time your baby is asleep and then do that. We have her sleep with us, in our bed, and we all feel much more rested than we did when she was sleeping in her sidecar bed.
Answer by ktok2009 at 1:10 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
Answer by rkoloms at 9:01 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
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