I too am calling BS on formula makes babies sleep longer, both DS was formula fed from 3 weeks and was a cr@p sleeper, DD was formula fed from day 2 and is now 11 months and only just starting to sleep through after 10 months of hell not sleeping.
Do what you think is best, bear in mind a 4 week old baby can't self settle.. I googled the "4th trimester" quite informative and helpful.
Good luck and congrats!
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01-08-2015 16:09 #11
01-08-2015 16:11 #12
That sleep pattern sounds very normal for that age. You never know, in a couple more weeks the night sleeping may improve, but yes I agree, don't listen to that formula advise. I've noticed that our mothers and grandmothers had very different ways of bringing up baby. You do what feels right for you....
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01-08-2015 17:09 #13
I agree - sounds normal. Both my kids woke regularly for feeds overnight as newborns, yet it gradually gets less and less as they get older. They are great sleepers. At 4 weeks you have no idea what kind of "sleeper" baby will be. They are still too new to the world and you are still establishing your breastfeeding relationship. I know it's tough in these early weeks but it does get easier
01-08-2015 17:26 #14
Feeding every 2-3 hrs is normal at that age for an exclusively BF bub Luv.
It takes them until they're at least 12 weeks to establish their circadian rhythm (body clock) which is why they don't understand the difference between night @ day etc. They don't understand time or a clock. It's also why trying to force them into a sleep routine isn't recommended.
Their cries are very much needs based in this newborn age group...hungry, wet nappy, overtired, wind etc. As they get older they (generally) will start sleeping for longer as their tummies get bigger @ they can drink more though it still wouldn't be unusual for BF bub's to still wake up at least once overnight even when they're older.
The cluster feeding in the early hours could be exactly that...cluster feeding to try to bring more milk in or comfort sucking etc. Hard to know from this side of the fence.
You could also call the Breastfeeding Association for advice/guidance if you're unsure of things.
Hang in there Luv...it does get better (usually) with time...At the end of the day, you must do what you feel is best for bub😊
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01-08-2015 18:54 #15
how often do newborns who are bottle fed feed (in contrast to boob feeding every 2-3 hours) ?
01-08-2015 18:58 #16
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01-08-2015 19:00 #17
It depends on the baby but yes 2-3hrs at first as a guide for both breast and formula. The difference is that your breasts are supply v demand, as baby grows they need more milk so they go through patches of cluster feeding (feeding more frequently - eg hourly) which stimulates your breast to produce more milk. Some mums aren't aware this is what's happening and think something is wrong or their baby isn't getting enough milk - but it's totally normal.
01-08-2015 19:46 #18
I mixed fed when DS was 4 weeks old, but it wasn't about him sleeping through, it was about DH giving DS a bottle of formula so I was able to get a decent block of sleep and not totally lose the plot. I would go to bed at 8pm, DH would bottle-feed DS at around 10/11pm and I would do the next feed at 12/1am. Those 4+ hours of solid sleep were the difference between me coping or completely falling apart from exhaustion.
It is a slippery slope though. For us, starting that bottle of formula was the death knell for BF. DS preferred the bottle and I struggled to express so he was fully FF by 8 weeks. Coincidently he started sleeping through by 12 weeks - bed at 7pm, next feed at 4am. But I think it's far more to do with his chilled out personality than being FF.
01-08-2015 20:48 #19
01-08-2015 21:04 #20Junior Member
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My bub was formula fed from birth and he was never a good sleeper until recently (now 8 months). Go with what you feel is best and know that eventually bub will get the hang of this sleeping thing. I remember crying when another mum told me that her baby slept 12 hours at night when I was lucky if mine slept 3 or 4 straight!
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