Will Supplementing or Switching To Formula Help Your Breastfeeding Baby Sleep?

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Will Formula Help Your Baby Sleep?

You don’t have to be a health expert to know that when it comes to baby feeding, breastfeeding is the best option for most babies. Besides being extremely low-cost, breastfeeding provides a whole host of health benefits to both mom and baby. But let’s be honest — if you have a baby who’s still waking frequently at night, the benefits of breastfeeding are probably among the last things you’re thinking about during those middle-of-the-night feedings! Instead, you’re probably thinking about how tired you are, and wondering how on earth you can get your baby to start sleeping more at night. You may be even feeling like you’re a worse parent because of it.

Some breastfeeding moms may find themselves wondering if formula is the solution to their problems. They wonder if adding a bit of formula to their baby’s diet might encourage sleep. And a few particularly exhausted moms may toy with the idea of switching to formula altogether as the solution to their babies’ night waking. Nicole remembers being told that her son was waking at night because “Breastfeeding isn’t enough.”

Will Adding or Switching to Formula Help Baby Sleep?

We can answer this question in two words: probably not. If you’re breastfeeding and having issues with your milk production, and if your baby isn’t getting enough to eat as a result, then formula may help your baby sleep better, simply because it would give her the nourishment that she isn’t getting from nursing. However, this isn’t a problem for most nursing moms. In fact, oftentimes, when moms think they’re experiencing low milk production, they actually aren’t. If your baby is nursing just fine, then adding a bottle of formula in here and there, or switching to formula altogether, isn’t likely to help her sleep any better.

The logic behind assuming formula will help baby sleep is easy to trace. Formula takes longer for a baby’s system to digest than breastmilk; for this reason, formula-fed babies tend to need fewer feedings per day than do breastfed babies. What’s more, babies tend to drink more from a bottle than they do from a breast. Add all of this together, and it’s easy to assume that formula-fed babies must sleep far better than breastfed babies since they won’t wake as much from hunger.

The truth is, baby sleep isn’t as straight forward as that. This line of thinking assumes that the only reason a baby wakes at night is out of hunger; that’s simply NOT the case. This excerpt from our article “Will Starting Solids Help Baby Sleep?” explains why the causes of a baby’s night waking can be complicated:

“But (as any parent who’s cross-eyed with exhaustion can tell you) hunger isn’t the only reason a baby wakes at night — far from it. Many babies sleep poorly at night due to sleep associations, or perhaps because they’re experiencing a sleep regression. In these cases, hunger has nothing to do with a baby’s night waking.

Keep in mind too that as babies grow, they need fewer and fewer nighttime feeds. By 4 months, most babies need 1-3 nighttime feedings; by 6 months, (the earliest age that experts recommend starting solids), that number drops to 1-2. Keep in mind, this is provided your baby is receiving all of their necessary daytime calories! So if your baby is waking frequently during the night, the problem probably isn’t hunger (or at least, it’s not just hunger). And that’s why there’s no actual link between feeding your baby solids and having him sleep better. If he isn’t sleeping well, it’s probably because he’s formed bad sleep habits, not because he’s constantly hungry.

Of course, this article references solids, but the same principles hold true for formula. There’s no real link between adding/switching to formula and having your baby sleep better, simply because hunger isn’t the only reason a baby wakes at night. Our client base alone is proof of this, since our Help Desk contains accounts for both breastfeeding and formula feeding babies alike.

And here’s an interesting sidenote: even if formula helped your baby sleep a little better, your own sleep might not benefit at all. A 2010 study revealed that breastfeeding and bottle feeding moms get the same amount of sleep. Time magazine summarized the findings this way:

“It’s true that formula takes babies longer to digest, while breast milk is processed fully and quickly because of its composition. But even if bottle-fed babies are sleeping longer, their moms are not, say the researchers.”

So even if adding or switching to formula helped your baby sleep a little better (and odds are it won’t), research suggests that it wouldn’t do anything at all for your sleep. After all, a parent getting up at 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. is waking twice just like a parent waking at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Should You Switch To Formula?

Some breastfeeding moms reach a point of desperation and begin wondering if weaning their babies completely to formula is the solution for a better night’s sleep. This isn’t a strategy that we recommend. Instead, we recommend that you continue nursing and begin to work on establishing good, healthy sleep habits with your baby.

breastfeeding babyAnother sidenote: other breastfeeding moms may consider making the switch to formula for a different reason — they may be feeling pressure to switch because their babies aren’t gaining weight “properly”, or maybe even because a pediatrician has started using the “failure to thrive” label when discussing their babies’ growth. This can be scary for moms; on the one hand, they want to breastfeed, but on the other hand, they fear their baby isn’t getting enough nourishment. If you’re in this position, you may be wondering, “Should I just give up nursing and switch to formula?”

Before you take that step, consider Diana’s story. She was exclusively breastfeeding her daughter Bella, even though multiple doctors and nurses tried to convince her to switch to formula due to Bella’s small size and “failure” to gain weight. Despite all the pressure, Diana continued to breastfeed and searched for other ways to explain and treat Bella’s “condition”. Diana shares that Bella endured countless medical tests, and that she and her husband spent thousands of dollars searching for answers. And then something unexpected happened:

“Today we went in for our last appointment at Children’s. The doctor was pleased to see Bella gaining weight and doing so well. He turned the computer to show me the curve she was on, and how she was still under the 10th percentile but very healthy as all the tests had come back normal. And then?

He pulled up another screen. “And this is the WHO (World Health Organization) chart for breastfed girls/boys, we’ve just recently started using it. So as you can see, compared to other strictly breastfed babies, Bella is in the 50th percentile for height/weight. Which is right on target. It looks like you guys are good to go.

I.WAS.FLOORED.

All the months we spent worrying about her weight - when probably for at least the past five months or so she’s been fine. Right where she should have been as a breastfed infant. She never had to go through most of those horrible tests.”

If you’re considering switching to formula out of concern for your baby’s growth and development, consider consulting the WHO chart and asking your doctor to look it over with you.

Should You Supplement With Formula?

Other breastfeeding moms want to continue nursing but wonder about “topping off” with a bottle of formula sometimes (like right before baby goes to bed for the night). It’s perfectly fine to combine formula feeding and breastfeeding, if you are okay with it. You can even mix powdered formula with breastmilk. Keep in mind that any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial for your baby.

That said, there are three things to be aware of when you “top off” with formula:

  • If you regularly offer bottles of formula while nursing, it may affect your milk supply, since nursing is a “supply and demand” process. Your baby will need less breastmilk if he regularly gets a bottle of formula each day, which will lead to a drop in supply.
  • If your baby is newborn, switching back and forth between breast and bottle can cause nipple confusion. Consider waiting to offer any formula until nursing is well-established (usually in the first 4 – 6 weeks); at that point, nipple confusion shouldn’t be a concern.
  • Remember that formula is harder to digest than breastmilk and contains ingredients that your baby may not yet be able to digest easily. This means that formula can lead to digestive issues, like gas and constipation. And those digestive issues can make your baby’s already-problematic nighttime sleep even worse!

Change the Sleeping Habits, Not the Food Source!

While there are a few families we’ve come across who notice marked improvement in sleep after night weaning, ultimately, changing your baby’s food source probably won’t help him sleep any better. Don’t let that discourage you, though! Even though the solution to your baby’s sleep issues might not be as straightforward and simple as adding or switching to formula, rest assured that there is a solution. And we can help you find it! Why not try a personalized, one-on-one consultation with one of our expert sleep consultants?

 
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Once you make your choice and purchase, you will immediately receive an e-mail with your Helpdesk login information. You’ll be able to login and start your Family Sleep History form right away – it’s that simple!

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28 Responses to Will Supplementing or Switching To Formula Help Your Breastfeeding Baby Sleep?

  1. Nande says:

    I supplemented breastmilk and formula up to 3 months and thereafter continued with formula due to a low milk supply. there was no difference in my baby’s sleep…he slept just fine…woke up at 10, 2 and 7 when he was still a baby but now on solids and whole fresh milk (12 months and 2 weeks) he wakes up almost 10 times due to teething. Funny enough the 2 top teeth came before the 2 bottom teeth. I thought it was the other way around!

  2. Ayse says:

    My baby is 3.5 months old and I still breast feed. I started giving her 1 nighttime bottle before bed (8:30pm) when she was 4 weeks old. No nipple confusion for us :). She never slept more or less due to the formula. I only did it because I wanted her to get used it both a breast nipple and a bottle nipple so in the future she won’t have any issues switching to formula alone (when I go bk to work). My friend waited until her daughter was 8 months to give her a bottle and her baby refused the bottle, simply because she wasn’t used to it.

  3. Meagan says:

    I did the formula for sleep thing exactly once. He was about 2 months old and we’d just returned from a cross-country flight and his sleep was completely borked… He was cluster feeding nonstop and except for the brief nursing naps, hadn’t slept for 24 hours. He was crazy sleep-wired. We finally gave him a couple oz of formula and he slept.

    My theory is that the combination of travel sleep disruption and cluster feeding meant he was hyper AND didn’t get that good full belly feeling to make him sleepy, he had plenty of milk from me… just not all in one go.

  4. Stephanie says:

    While I agree with what you are saying theoretically, anecdotally, both of my children started sleeping through the night when I switched to formula at 3-4 months old. I didn’t switch in order to get them to sleep, I switched because I was going back to work and pumping wasn’t an option. My oldest still sleeps 12 hrs at night (she is 4 yrs old) and has been sleeping 12 hrs since she was 5 months old, and my youngest is currently sleeping about 10 hrs at night (he is 4 months old). I wonder if it is a matter of weight? In other words, maybe they started sleeping because they were big enough to sustain themselves through the night and it just happened to be around the time I switched to formula.

  5. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Nande — thanks for sharing your story! Sounds like formula didn’t impact your baby’s sleep much at all.

    @ Ayse — you make a great point here! It’s a good idea to introduce a bottle in those first few months, if only to get the baby used to it.

    @ Meagan — sounds like formula was a good one-time solution for your baby’s sleep issues :) You’re probably right — traveling can definitely disrupt feeding, so it’s likely that in that particular circumstance, he just wasn’t getting enough to eat.

    @ Stephanie — you might just be one of those exceptions to the rule! Glad to hear that formula proved to be a solution for your baby. I guarantee there are moms reading your comment right now and wishing formula produced the same results for their babies that it produced for yours ;)

  6. Julaine says:

    My son is 8 months old and has been exclusively breast fed from day One. I did introduce a bottle of expressed breast milk at 8 wks old and had no issues with nipple confusion. My son only receives a bottle of expressed milk if I’m going to be away from home. Like many others I was told by family and friends ‘he’s probably not sleeping because hes hungry, you should give him a bit of pablem’. I was being told this at 3. Clearly he was getting enough because at each dr’s appt the pediatrician explains that my son was 70% heavier than most babies his age and 90% taller. I continued to what I felt was right and in the best intrest of my son. Even when I did
    start him on cerael for breakfast at 4.5 months because he exhibited
    signs he was ready, he didn’t nap or sleep any better than before. It Was when my son was 5 months old that I contacted Nicole and Amber to assist me with my sons sleep issues. Trust me I’ve been committed and consistent and still have days where my son doesn’t nap or wakes three times a night when the day before he took two, two hour naps or only woke 1-2 at night for feedings. I have realized no two days are the same and I have a very strong willed and inconsistent baby. I have also come to realize that there are many reasons that can disrupt sleep… Oh how I hate teething.

  7. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Julaine — well said! So glad to hear that you benefited from our services (even if your son does have the day or night here and there when sleep eludes him ;) ) But you’re right — babies who wake from hunger will wake less if their food supply is adjusted, but most babies don’t wake exclusively from hunger. After all, if getting 10 hours of sleep a night could be achieved simply by purchasing a can of formula, our site would’ve been out of business long ago!!

  8. ruth says:

    i weaned around 8 mo because of severe thrush issues (long story). up until then, i was exclusively breastfeeding, with some solid meals here and there. i found that formula did not make a difference. he was on the way to moving his 1 last feed to 5am, and then starting to drop it slowly. by 9 months, he was regularly sleeping through the night. it was not the formula, he was on the verge of doing it anyways. i really do think sleeping through the night is a brain thing, not so much a stomach thing. and of course, as you said, adjusting the sleep schedule so it is age-appropriate and in sync with their natural sleep rhythms =) it is fascinating to see how no 2 kids are exactly alike… not just personality but sleep development. my older one (2.75 years old now) progressed a lot faster with sleeping through the night compared to my 9 month old, but my older one started off with way more night feeds. both of them were exclusively breastfed and not previously accustomed to a bottle.

    btw love your articles and your posts! i’m always referring friends to your site =)

  9. Emily says:

    Funny this happens to be the article sent out today… we were just discussing, with the holiday weekend coming, switching our almost 10 month old to formula in hopes he’d sleep better. He’s been on formula at daycare for the last month and is doing fine with it. I’ve quit pumping at work, but when i’m home, he refuses the bottle, and he’s been horrible sleeper since day 1, both nap and overnight. I’m the one that gets up with him, and when i pick him up he “dives” at me to nurse. So I feel my options are to let him cry it out, or switch to formula, so he doesn’t think he needs to nurse everytime he starts screaming at night. I’ve tried to let him cry it out… but I quickly lose my mind and have to go get him. With our 3 year old, it took me leaving for 3 days when she was 11 months for her to learn to sleep through the night, as my husband let her cry… she’s been an excellent sleeper since… hmmm maybe i just need to go on vacation again… :)

  10. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ ruth — I like the distinction you make here, about sleep being more of a “brain thing” than a “stomach thing.” Mind if I steal that line and use it in future articles? ;)

    Thanks, too, for your kind feedback! So glad you find the articles helpful!

  11. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Emily — sounds like you have a big challenge on your hands! It can be so hard to break those sleep/feeding associations, can’t it? You’re not alone, of course; I’d say most of the parents who contact us about their babies’/toddlers’ sleep are struggling with sleep associations.

    I completely understand about not being able to stand the CIO method. Although, it sounds like in your daughter’s case, it proved useful ;) Maybe you do need to plan another short vacation!

    Best of luck to you, Emily!

  12. Teryn says:

    I def thought about adding a formula bottle before bed to see if that made a difference… but at exactly 4 months old she slept 10 hours, then 11, then 12, sometimes 13. I know how lucky I am, that an exclusively breastfed baby is sleeping that much. I also know this may not last. I am enjoying it while it does :o)

  13. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Teryn — that’s a good philosophy! Enjoy it while it lasts :) Congratulations on having such a champ sleeper!

  14. Ashwini says:

    I have a pair of almost 10 month old twins. I used the mixed feeding method until they were 6months old when I had to get back to work. Now, they are exclusively formula fed with 3 solid feeds a day. Yet they wake up 2-3 times a night; sometimes to feed and at other times due to teething pain. Formula, breast milk or solids haven’t really made a difference. They were each born with a different sleeping pattern and even today, it remains different.

  15. Andrea says:

    I too was tempted to try a bottle of formula a night, and even starting solids early. My son never slept longer than 2hr stretches some nights, in all of infancy (under 12 mo). I just continued to nurse him to sleep and we moved him out of the family bed at 12mo. Then *poof* two weeks after his first birthday he started sleeping thru the night, all night 11-12 hrs long. He started solids at 8mo and weaned at 18.

    I totally think its a brain thing not a belly thing. Some kids are ready early, some need to take their own time. Patience and consistency are the keys, not necessarily what you feed/how you feed your baby.

  16. Em says:

    I just wanted to send a message of support to all moms who are up at nights but especially if you’re breastfeeding and wondering if it’s worth it, look at it this way: I breastfed my son exclusively, including 2/3 wakings a night for months but he’s now nearly 2 and I have only been up with him 2/3 times (touchwood) in his life due to illness. That includes his first few months in daycare after I went back to work. Plus he sleeps and naps (for now) like a dream. I now have a three month old and am happy to do the same again. So much nicer to do a quick and peaceful feed with a sleepy, happy baby than be up nights with a sicky, upset toddler. Those antibodies are not just helping your baby now – they could also earn you both a lot more sleep later!

  17. Anna says:

    We are in the middle of debating this with our nearly 10 month old. He LOVES his food and I still can’t seem to satisfy him with BF overnight. He still wakes up at least once (teething so has been more). We introduced formula when I had no milk for one feed and needed to get him off to bed. It didn’t help him sleep ANY longer than 4.5hrs, which at first was really annoying but solids had/have the same affect. Nothing seems to fill my hungry boy. My DH has tried feeding him formula before bed so we can get a better gap, well if my baby smells milk on me it doesn’t work. We are going to try different formula to see if its the taste as want to start weaning him off me as starting to try for number 2. For us formula doesn’t make him sleep longer or affect anything from his normal routine. We just want to do it so its not a ‘blame new baby for me losing Mummy’.
    I agree with Andrea with it being a brain thing. My baby knows if he cries I’m there and will comfort feed off to sleep. If just makes noises I wait and either the noises stop (gone back to sleep himself) or I do have to go in and check what I have to do.
    We introduced solids at nearly 4 months due to me not satisfying him with BF alone. The first night got an 8hr gap then was back to his usual 4 – 6hr overnight gap. I just go with the flow with my baby.
    We will keep trying with formula as don’t want him to miss out on anything.
    More sleep well it will come whenever it does ;)

  18. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Ashwini — it’s amazing how different siblings can be, isn’t it? And of course, the differences impact sleep, too. Thanks for sharing your experiece!

    @ Andrea — What a happy birthday that must have been for all of you ;) Further proof that all kids are different, AND that nighttime waking often involves more than just hunger.

    @ Em — thanks for sharing this message of support! Sounds like breastfeeding has been a really positive experience for you and your son :)

  19. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Anna — thanks for giving such a detailed account of your experience! It’ll likely prove really helpful to the moms who are experiencing what you have. Good luck to you, as you start trying for baby #2! Very exciting!!

  20. Jasmin says:

    My son has been exclusively breast fed and now is almost 8 months. My son was born at 9 lbs. 6 oz. and at 6 months was 18 lbs. 3 oz. (almost doubled birth weight) My pediatrician said I could stop breastfeeding and switch to formula because there was no benefit of breastfeeding after 6 months. So weird, I thought doctors would be happy moms were breastfeeding as it is healthier.

    I had many people tell me that he needs more than just breast milk and that I have to suppliment formula. I got a free sample of formula and tried giving it to him and he gagged – not just wouldn’t take it, actual gag reflex. It smelled really bad too. I cannot believe how many people use formula when there is a free natural food for babies first year or two. I also can’t believe how many doctors recommend formula. One person who said I had to use formula was told by her doctor to use formula because her milk wasn’t enough. She said that she bottle feeds, then an hour later breastfeeds.

    Adding solid food hasn’t helped him sleep either, so it isn’t hunger. He is up twice a night, generally. It is ALL about how I put him to bed. I put him to bed awake for about a week and he slept through the night. I wasn’t consistent and he gets up now because I nurse him to sleep. My choice and his teething is why he is up. I feel bad hearing him cry even a little, so we keep getting up. I am a tortoise and so is he, so we are taking our time. I enjoy breastfeeding and can’t believe how fast he has changed from a little infant to be crawling, sitting himself up and standing, and having two teeth!

  21. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Jasmin — thanks for sharing your experience! Glad to hear breastfeeding has been such a good option for you. It doesn’t work for everyone, of course, and we need to make sure we don’t cast any criticism on formula-feeding mom (especially since I happen to be one myself, at the moment!) But you’re right — breastfeeding is the healthiest option, and it’s definitely “enough” for the vast majority of babies :)

    Thanks again for sharing your story, Jasmin! Glad to hear your little guy is growing and thriving so well.

  22. Jasmin says:

    @ Emily. Thanks. I do understand that formula is needed sometimes. My sister used it after about 6 months with all 3 of her kids (twice because she was pregnant with another and lost her milk). Many woman have reasons for using it. I am just amazed that a doctor would recommend it even if a woman is willing and able and the baby is doing fine.

    We also nurse a lot! He likes to breastfeed and it works because I am a stay-at-home mom. I know he would be wanting more if I had to pump – there is no way I would be able to pump enough for him for a day.

  23. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Jasmin — I agree; regardless of whether a mom chooses to breastfeed or to formula feed, there’s no denying that breastmilk is best. You’d imagine that a doctor would at least present those facts to moms. Whatever a mom chooses, she should at least have all the information.

    Thanks for following up! I’m learning that breastfeeding and formula feeding can be sensitive topics, and that it’s important for me as I write to be as respectful as I can of both choices :)

  24. Mimi says:

    My son Ethan is now almost 7 months old. I brestfed him until he was about 2 months old and these 2 months were the toughest in my life so far! He only slept 2 hours at a time at night and 40 min for his naps. I never had a chance to get a good rest all that time! I decided to give a try to formula. He was and still is easy with food, no nipple/teat confusion ever. The formula I give him since, is a formula for hungry baby that keeps tummy full for longer. From day one with formula, he slept for longer stretches, he went from 2 hours to 5 hours straight. After a week, he slept 7 hours at night and at 2 1/2 months old, he started to sleep through the whole night for 11 to 12 hours without night feedings! I know breastmilk is the best for a baby but all formula-fed babies are as healthy as breast-fed babies. I made a choice, I don’t regret it a second and it’s saved my sanity and gave us all a lot of sleep, yeah!! Ethan is now a very happy and healthy baby. In my case, formula did help my little one to sleep better and much longer. I admit that I have an easy baby though.

  25. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Mimi — thanks so much for sharing your story! You bring balance to this conversation, which is great. Breastfeeding isn’t easy for everyone (it wasn’t for me), and for some moms, formula is the best option. Thanks for graciously sharing your opinion!

    Glad to hear that formula proved to be such a great solution to your son’s sleeping problems. You’re one of the lucky ones! ;)

  26. Ayse says:

    @ Mimi, I totally understand…my first son was like that. Actually with my first the doctors convinced me that I didn’t have enough milk because he was crying a lot during the day, so at 5 weeks old I switched him to formula…he continued to wake up every 2 hrs to feed until he was 2.5 months, than he went right through the night. Switching to formula completely was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…I felt like I wasn’t providing for my baby the way God intended and I actually felt like a bad mom so I cried for days…3years later he is a very happy, healthy, and very smart little boy. When I had my daughter…3months ago, I was very lucky that she took to my breast with no problems and my milk supply was good. Her pediatrician told me to formula feeding her because she only gained 11 oz in a month…but I ignored his request

  27. Leola says:

    From birth my lil angel baby boy use to wake up e-v-e-r-y 2 hours to feed. Tried expressing with the thought behind it that maybe he doesn’t get enough although he was a chubby baby. That did not work. To say the least after 5 months I was so extremely tired! So tired to the extend I started to forget thing, thing like standing in the shower wondering if I still need to shower or did I just finish…and then showering again just to be sure, I kid you not. I decided that I was going to switch to formula. He still woke up every 2 hours. It gradually got less frequent and now he is 14 months and still wakes up every 4 hours! Noooo, hushing him back to sleep doesn’t help, water doesn’t help, and the letting him cry thing just doesn’t work for me I’m sorry. So I’m kinda at the point of just excepting it and hoping and praying for it to change. It’s not a case of he needs a bottle to sleep, he falls asleep just fine on his own in the day. And after his bottle, he just turns his cute lil but on me and that’s the sign for put me in my cot please. My mom said something interesting, that I was a thirsty child. I would even wake her up in the night for a drink of water. Later on she allowed me to take a class to bed. And today I take a bottle of water to bed. I will go crazy at night if I can’t have a drink of water when I want. That said, maybe it’s the case with my son, but I can hear his tummy rumble sometimes, and that after he had his dinner at 6, a bottle 7:30 and into bed. And still he wakes up 11:30 – 12. I’m dreaming of 5 full hours of sleep…mmmmmm….dreeeeaming….

  28. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Ayse — I can sympathize with this, too! I switched my youngest to formula right around 3 months, simply because she wasn’t gaining wait and didn’t seem to be satisfied when I nursed. It proved to be a good decision, but it was so hard. I still feel guilty sometimes :(

    @ Leola — You know you’re exhausted when 5 straight hours of sleep is the dream!! Hope your little guy starts sleeping through the night soon (for your sake!) And remember — if you feel like you need to solicit some help in teaching him to sleep, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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