Exclusively Breast fed baby given formula to sleep longer

  • Up until now, my 11 week old baby has been exclusively breast fed.  She has only had a bottle of expressed breast milk.  The last couple of weeks have been challenging with her night feedings.  She would sleep for 8:30/9 pm to about Midnight or 1 am.  I would feed her for about 40 minutes, put her down and then she would wake up every 1 hr - 1.5 hrs after that.  So, as an experiment, two nights ago, we gave her a bottle of expressed breast milk (4 oz)at the 1 am feeding to see if she'd sleep longer.   She did sleep a little longer, which tells me that it was an issue with her sustaining a "full feeling". 

    I am going back to work in a week, so last night, I decided to try a bottle of formula (4 oz) for the first feeding of the night to see how long she'd sleep.  She slept a good amount - from about 8:30 pm to 2:30 am.  I would like to minimize the formula feedings, but I would also like to try to give her a formula feeding to sleep longer.    Tonight, we are thinking about giving her the formula bottle at about 10 pm to see how long she lasts asleep. 

    So, my questions are as follows:  Has anyone else tried this?

     When did you feed your baby formula? 

    How many oz should I be giving an 11 week old?

    Did you see a decrease in your milk supply? 

    Did you get up and pump during the night?

    I don't mean to be completely selfish,  Breast feeding is going well, but I do want to have more sleep when I go back to work if I can help it.

    Thanks for your help.

     

     

     

  • Hi,

    I am a first time mum exclusively feeding my 9 week old daughter.

    In the beginning - first 6 weeks, the nights were rough and for the first 2 weeks I gave her formula in her night feeds to get extra time between feedings too it does work! its more heavy on their tummies. I would pump after feeding her and store it for if someone else was around to feed her next day. However she started to get irregular bowl movements and was clearly in pain with constipation (I did not use similac this could be better) she is also very gassy and the amount of time  I spent after burping her made getting more sleep impossible.

    I know breast is best if you can, so then I switched back, After speaking with my mum I then gave her as much by bottle of breast milk as I could get down her at her 12pm feed which at 6 weeks was 4 oz (normal) even if this meant taking an hour to feed by continuously waking her (take off clothes, change diaper,sit in bouncer,etc) and burping throughout immediately she went from being fed every 3 hours during the day on the breast to sleeping 4 hours at night (1oz per hour until next feed rule)by 8 weeks she was on 5oz - 5 hours and now 9 half weeks 5.5oz got me 5 half hours last night! so she has completely dropped the 3am feed. I am going for 6 oz by 12 weeks which is about right. From 6pm onwards I bottle feed then express feeding at 6, 9 and 12 even if I have to wake her and I try to give as much as possible.

    6pm she always starving after breast all day I pump after each feed if I think there is anything left and always have 2 feeds by 6am pump for that day. Try mothers milk tea to produce more. so this is what works for me,hope this helps. However my friend has been supplementing with formula in the night since birth with no problems. You should know that I think your biggest prob is not feeding her enough oz by bottle she should be on at least 6oz by 11weeks. keep going until she refuses whilst awake not because she has fallen asleep.

     

    Hope this helps I have never written on a blog before but felt I should to you.. why am I on this site? I got some mail from similac about feeding schedules just wanted to double check, as they recommend 5-6 feedings per day and i am still on7 thinking of jumping to feeding every 4 hours wish me luck

     

     

     

  • Hi

    I exclusively breast feed my son and he is 10.5 weeks.  I do pump at least once a day but intend on going back to work in a couple of weeks.  So I'm now working on pumping 3 times a day to help with my supply. 

    As for your concerns about your baby sleeping through the night.  What I have been doing lately is feeding my son a bottle of breast milk (about 5 oz) just before bed.  Bed time is roughly 10:30pm every night.  I've started the routine after monitoring his sleeping habits.  It seems that he does become very sleeping during that time so I normally feed him between 9:30-10pm every night.  I have been successful in keeping him sleeping until 4-5am every morning.  However, my husband and I will try to keep him sleeping if we hear him fussing in the mornings.  If he's not 'eating his hand off' during the early hours, we'll give him his pacifier and he's usually back to sleep.  We actually got him to sleep until  6:30am this morning! 

    We've been working on this routine since he was 7 weeks old and he has been pretty consistant with his sleeping pattern.  I haven't been pumping during the night, but after his first morning feeding, I will pump whatever is left after he is finished.  Also, in the past, I've tried to feed him off of one breast and pump the other breast.  If you can do this at the same time it will help save on time and you'd be surprised at the supply you'll have during the 'let down' process.

    Like you, I am hoping to get a good nights sleep when I go back to work in a couple of weeks.  I hope you find a good pattern with these nightly feedings.

  • This is really good information.. Quick question for you... my son is 4 weeks old and he is breastfed 85% of the time i give him 2 bottle feds  one during the day and one during the night... but sometimes i am not sure if he had enough because he will ask for more after 1-2 hours and sometimes he is fine upto 3-4 hours... he is sleeping good during the night ...sometimes he wakes up in between for milk and sometime i have to feed him while sleeping... Is it ok not to feed him while he sleeps if he's not crying?

  • Hey there, I found my son was going through growth spurts when he started feeding more often.  Don't worry, those moments will come and go.  You'll also feel very exhausted when he's going through these growth spurts.  Don't stress, drink lots of water or tea and remember to eat enough calories so your milk supply stays strong. 

  • My baby is 5 months old now. I went from exclusively breast feeding, to giving her expressed bottles beacuse I had a similar expierence, where she ate more out of a bottle so started sleeping more at night. This DID decrease my supply as I stopped pumping as much during the night (wanting to sleep more then wanting to pump). Everyone is different and you may or may not see a difference, but I learned that you should pump VERY frequently in the first 6-12 weeks if you want to maintain a good supply. A friend of mine was pumping almost 18oz per session, and even she has seen a decrease to 4oz per session beacuse she is not pumping often enough. The formula does NOT take longer to digest or improve sleeping hours, it just seems like it. I fell into the trap and now am using formula all the time. Just be careful! What is right and what is easy?? A question we will have to answer over and over again in our new mommy-hood!

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    Hey, I am the original poster of this thread..   I ended up trying some formula feeds to try to get my daughter to sleep longer, but it really didn't help much.  I ended up exclusively breastfeeding my daughter because once we got the hang of it, it was much easier.

    Anyhow, regarding your question about not feeding if he is sleeping... I believe in responding to the baby's cues.  If he is not waking up, I wouldn't bother with waking him for a feed.  That is unless you are trying to increase or maintain your milk supply.  It doesn't sound like you are opposed to formula, so you may not be really hyper about keeping up your supply.  But, I would suggest that you pump before or after the two bottles you give him per day.  That tells your body that your milk is in demand those extra times.

    I noticed that once my daughter started sleeping through the night that my supply dropped, so I started pumping a little extra during the day and it really helped.

    You poor thing, you are probably exhausted but also worried about doing the right thing.  Know that things get better and it gets a lot of fun!  [quote user="pawanjit04"]

    This is really good information.. Quick question for you... my son is 4 weeks old and he is breastfed 85% of the time i give him 2 bottle feds  one during the day and one during the night... but sometimes i am not sure if he had enough because he will ask for more after 1-2 hours and sometimes he is fine upto 3-4 hours... he is sleeping good during the night ...sometimes he wakes up in between for milk and sometime i have to feed him while sleeping... Is it ok not to feed him while he sleeps if he's not crying?