DD fully bf and sleeping 8 hrs by 4 weeks, 12 hours by 8 weeks. DS fully bf and sleeping 12 hrs by 13 weeks. He is a much bigger baby than she was.
If you are going to have a good sleeper it'll happen regardless, but in my experience from a large mothers group exclusively ff or bf will not make a baby who is not sleeping through to start sleeping through.
Edit: almost every bf mum in the group went through periods of cluster feeding from day 6 onwards which makes ff look very attractive but this is babies way of adjusting supply and getting the nutritional benefits in order to go through a massive growth spurt.
Last edited by Stumbleine; 20-08-2012 at 06:42.
I just think it is too much of a generalization. As many bf mums have said their children slept through the night early on, many didn't as well. Same goes for ff babies, many sleep many don't. The generalized statement that ff children sleep through the night gives bf women hope that if they give a comp feed or start ff that their baby will sleep through the night, giving them relief and it is simply not true. Trying to get baby to sleep through the night is hard for some mothers ff or bf. it depends on the child and a whole range of circumstances. I just think it is another myth that is not particularly helpful in increasing bf rates.
I can't compare both mine have had to have ff due to supply issues. My DS slept through from his late feed at night 10 till 7 from 11 weeks, my daughter the same from 13 weeks. The only time they would wake was when they moved from just milk to solids and they got hungry.
Eta ... My definition of sleep through is 8.30 - 6am
I think it depends on those that "sleep train" their babies as to sleeping thru. Bf babies in general are easy to resettle via feeding so mums and dads take the easiest way out. I know I did.
My non sleep trained dd1 slept 10-12 hrs from 5wks till 6mths when I started solids. Then woke 1-6 times a night till 8/9mths then twice till 14mths when I actively night weaned.
My also non sleep trained dd2 does two 4.5-5hr blocks overnight now at 10wks.
when dd1 was waking 4-5 times a night i was encouraged to give formula or sleep train so as to "fix" her. It turns put that when bub gets 16teeth in 6 mths you are going to have crappy sleep. Thank heavens for bm to soothe and put cranky bubs back to sleep.
I wouldn't give my bub formula even if I was promised it would guarantee long stretches of sleep. Nor would I start solids early either on this premise.
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