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    Default Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    What's your experience like?


    DS1 was almost 100% formula-fed (cos I ran into supply problem), he started sleeping through about 5 months. I would like to try 100% breastfeeding this time for DS2.


    Out of curiosity, do you think a breastfed baby (any age before 6 months and up to 12 months) tend to take a longer time to start sleeping through the night, compared to formula-fed babies? Cos breast milk is more digestible than formula, so breastfed babies tend to wake more for feeds (I read that)?


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    Default Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    What do you define as sleeping through?

    I've heard a few different definitions....

    My DS is BF and was waking for night feeds but going straight back to sleep from 13 weeks. I've heard some people define this as sleeping through...

    He dropped the 3:30am feed at about 7 months.

    So he goes to bed at 7:30pm, I give him a dream feed ( which I could probably drop now) at 11pm then he wakes anywhere from 6:30 - 8 am depending on the day.

    IMO he still is not sleeping through as I do top up feed him during the night.

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    In my experience, yes, my ff baby slept through way before my bf baby!

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    In my experience it is a yes as well, my DS1 was on breastmilk for 3 months and when he switched to formula he slept through from that night on.

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    Default Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    I think the size of the bubba has a lot to do with it too.

    My bub was a bigger baby and he slept 8 hours from about 6 weeks. And 12 hours with a dreamfeed about 3 months.

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    One of my bubs was 2.5 and he slept through very quickly.

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    Default Re: Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    my exp no.
    baby #1 bf for 2 weeks woke frequently. moved to ff she woke frequently till 4/5 yo. so no diff noticed when switched. still a frequent water, hard to fall asleep etc now at 15yo.

    baby#2 bf till 7 months. slept through 12 hours straight from 2 weeks old. when switched to ff at 7 months no diff noticed in sleep patterns. still a great sleeper now at 9.

    baby#3 terrible sleeper! bf till 9 months. never slept more than 20 mins straight till 2 yo! 2-4 yo several night waking still. currently 4yo. no noticeable diff when switching to ff at 9 months old.

    baby#4 bf till 10 months. several waking per night. now 18 months old and still waking 2/5 times per night. no diff when changed to ff at ten months

    3 of my 4 are lousy sleepers. im a lousy sleeper. even worse so when pregnant. my dh is a great sleeper and i suspect with my one child who does sleep that its just genetic. nothing i did made.much diff with any of them.
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    Default Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    My first baby slept through while being exclusively breastfed, before we switched to formula. He slept through from a young age - bliss!

    My second baby started sleeping through at 13 months and he has always been breastfed.

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    Default Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    My first bf baby slept through at 4 weeks. My second at 12 months. I think it all depends on the child. Regardless I wouldn't make a decision about bf vs ff based on sleep patterns. If you can bf is better for both mum and bub...certainly worth the sleepless nights. ;-)

    Funny enough my 6 pou d b y slept through before my 9 pound. Size isn't he key. Wish there was a hard and fast rule!
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    Default Sleeping Through the Night - Breastfed vs Formula-fed bubs

    DD1,2&3 all slept thru from birth(12 hours) and DD2 was the only one that went to being fully FF at 6 weeks.
    DD4 slept 12-14hours from 2weeks-16weeks then 16weeks till now and she's waking 1-5times a night. We changed her to being formula fed and it hasn't helped


 

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