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December 6th, 2010, 07:21 PM
missy11's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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im strictly BFing but would it hurt to give a bottle of formula b4 bedtime? would it even help him to sleep longer due to being more full for longer?


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December 7th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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A couple of things- first, there is no scientific evidence that formula fed babies sleep longer than bf babies- it all depends on the baby. Also, if you want to keep breastfeeding, then you should ALWAYS pump if you miss a feeding (ie. if you decide to give him formula before bed, make sure you pump so that you don't mess up your supply). Once your supply is a bit more established, SOME women don't see a negative affect to their supply by ffing and not pumping here and there. Others do. My suggestion is if you want to introduce formula but still want to bf, then you should pump to replace that feeding. Breastfeeding is a supply/demand thing, so if there's no demand then your body doesn't know to keep supplying.

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December 21st, 2010, 12:43 PM
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I don't think it will help the sleep issues. Natalie actually sleeps worse than my EBF babies. Personally if it were me I wouldn't start supplementing if you don't have to.

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December 21st, 2010, 01:22 PM
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I think the formula-fed-babies-sleep-longer thing is pretty much a myth, I have never noticed a difference in the length of time either baby I've supplemented has slept whether they had a bottle or breast fed before bed.

If there is another reason why you feel you need or would like to introduce one bottle a day then you will lose that amount of milk as breastfeeding is supply and demand, but if you are planning to give a bottle at that time every day then you won't need that one feed's worth!

Sam often has a bottle directly before bed because my DH likes to feed him when he gets the chance and I just don't get anywhere near enough by pumping.

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