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    Default Formula feeds less frequent than breast milk....

    I was just sat here wondering....how come mothers breastfeed more frequently than babies who are formula fed?

    I read a thread earlier about breastfeeding and was surprised at how often some of you guys do it, like every hour or 2!

    I remember feeding DD formula when she was round 8 weeks old and only giving her a bottle every 4 hours as this is what it told me to do on the back of the tin. Being young and naive I never questioned it. There may have been the odd time I thought DD was rather hungry and so gave her another bottle after say 3 hours, but it didn't happen often..
    The guide is to feed them every 4 hours...for formula and every 2-3 hours for breast fed babies...

    Why? Isn't food food to babies, no matter what it is...? Why is there a difference?

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    Breastfeeding works on supply and demand - the more your baby feeds, the more you will produce. This works because women who need to feed multiple babies will produce more milk for more children.

    For the first days babies only receive a little colostrum - I'm often finding myself feeling shocked seeing brand new day old babies being fed fairly filled bottles of formula, it seems like a lot.

    Formula is different for a baby to digest, too.

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    Breast milk digests quicker and more easily. Also why babies on formula tend to sleep better, because formula is more filling and harder to digest (because breast milk and babies were designed for one another, it's not a dig at formula) my understanding it's a bit like how everyone has a nap after Christmas dinner.

    Also (again not a dig at formula) its more that formula fed babies feed less often than breast fed babies feed more often. If you think about it from the POV that breast feeding is biologically what babies are designed to digest, so breast fed baby behavior is umm - I really want to say 'normal' or 'natural' baby behavior but I'm trying to word this so it's clear I'm not saying by default that FF babies are unnatural or abnormal. You get what I mean though?

    And also you can still demand feed with formula, some FF babies do feed frequently. Either a little feed frequently or big feeds. Because every baby - like every adult - has different nutritional and energy needs.

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    Also katelyn is 6 weeks old, she cluster feeds (as in has a little feed every 20 mins) sometimes - usually in the evening. And then other times goes 4-5 hours without a feed (over night) but she is starting to level out to every 2-3 hours.

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    Ahhh right, I get ya! I think I have heard that before, about FF babies sleeping better basically because their bellies are fuller with, I guess you could say stodgier 'food'.

    That makes perfect sense thanks ladies. Just wanting to get all the info I can about it all before I start BF'ing.

    Gosh, thinking about it, that's gonna be bloody hard work/pain in the *** feeding every couple of hours, and possibly not having as much sleep as I did with DD! Respect to ya!

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    Not all ff babies sleep better. It's a myth in our house!!!

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    Great idea. See if you can get yourself some books, too.

    It's not easy in the beginning but long-term it's well worth it. No need to buy bottles, sterilizing equipment, formula. You don't have to get up at 2 am to prepare a bottle of milk, just whack them on your chest and off you go.

    I found it quite relaxing after the learning phase finished, I'd watch Kath & Kim while he fed, he'd more often than not fall asleep after a feed so I'd enjoy the cuddle and quiet time.

    I'm thinking it won't be so easy with another one to look after, but many women (including the lovely boobycino) have mastered feeding with bub in sling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boobycino View Post
    Breast milk digests quicker and more easily. Also why babies on formula tend to sleep better, because formula is more filling and harder to digest (because breast milk and babies were designed for one another, it's not a dig at formula) my understanding it's a bit like how everyone has a nap after Christmas dinner.

    Also (again not a dig at formula) its more that formula fed babies feed less often than breast fed babies feed more often. If you think about it from the POV that breast feeding is biologically what babies are designed to digest, so breast fed baby behavior is umm - I really want to say 'normal' or 'natural' baby behavior but I'm trying to word this so it's clear I'm not saying by default that FF babies are unnatural or abnormal. You get what I mean though?

    And also you can still demand feed with formula, some FF babies do feed frequently. Either a little feed frequently or big feeds. Because every baby - like every adult - has different nutritional and energy needs.
    Well said x

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    Some people demand feed with formula too. Do you only get thirsty every 4 hours???? I need a glass of water every hour at least.

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    Don't worry op. Not all BF babies feed every hour. From a few weeks my bubba would feed every 3-4 hours during the day and go 6-8 hours overnight.

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