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So I count sleeping through as 10 or more hours but most of mine were 12 hours when I say sleeping through.
1st slept through from 4/5 weeks
Twins slept through around 2 months and 4 months
#4 still frequently woke at 4 and 5 years old.
number 5 literally the day she was born.
All were breast fed for between 2-2.5 years old.
all were fed on demand
And all were fed to sleep (4/5 were fed to sleep till they weaned only my terrible sleeper weaned early for falling asleep to it )
The only small argument for feeding regularly is breast milk supply, which was a complete non issue for me.
Interesting that professions didn’t have your knowledge either.
However, there are some reasons why a newborn may be extra sleepy. It may be necessary to wake the baby for feeds to ensure he gets the milk he needs. Some of the reasons are medical (eg jaundice, infection, heart problem), or perhaps medications for pain relief used during the birth are still affecting the baby. It is important to be guided by your medical adviser in these situations.
Feeding cues can be hard to pick in a sleepy baby so it is important to keep your baby close to you so you can learn.
2/4 of them were doing 4 plus hour stints very early on.
All of my babies were very chunky healthy and thriving babies. Most hit milestones incredibly early (walking crawling sitting ect)
I never woke sleeping babies and my beautiful midwives simply told me if they are healthy and hitting targets let them sleep.
They all survived infanthood, despite my clearly very dangerous parenting and poor choice of listening to my midwives lol.
The only main harm in an infant sleeping long periods is a) could be a sign of health issue (which there was none)
Or b) breast milk supply. Also which was obvious to midwives a non issue for me.
That's newborns though.
Formula fed baby slept thru after a few weeks
Breastfeed baby didn't sleep thru until he was about 5..(I stopped breastfeeding after 12 months cos it was exhausting me but he still wouldn't sleep)
I didn’t produce one drop of milk with my three so all were formula fed. First one slept ten hours from age 10 weeks. Second went slept ten hours from 4 months old ( struggled to find right formula because turned out he was lactose intolerant). Third baby slept through from 3 months.
Apparently formula fed babies "usually " sleep through the night more as Formula makes them.feel.fuller longer, as compared with breast fed babies.
" Breast milk contains more whey protein than formula which makes it easier for babies to digest – formula has more casein protein which is digested more slowly. As a result some babies (but not all), will feed less often with formula because they stay fuller for longer. Many parents have reported their babies sleeping for much longer stretches at night once switching to formula.. "
BUT obviously this probably doesnt ALWAYS happen.. But that's what the research say.
I tried breastfeeding, but never made enough milk.
I continued breastfeeding (and topping each feed up with Formula) for about 10 months.
All breastfed, all sleeping through by 8 weeks. I was extremely lucky with my kids. There was no magical way I did it, it just happened.
First was mostly formula fed (with a bit of pumped breast milk first) and was a terrible sleeper. Didn't sleep through until 4yrs.
Second is breastfed and has been a great sleeper from the start.
I put down the sleeping habits more to the childs personality rather than breast vs bottle fed.
first kid was formula fed from 3 months - didnt sleep through the night until almost 2.
second is breast fed still - 19 months and has slept through maybe once or twice.
I wish this question was a poll, would be really interesting.
My babies didn't start sleeping through until I stopped breastfeeding them:
Usually the last few months of breastfeeding, there was only 1 wake up overnight. Or a dream feed with my eldest who was also formula fed at the time.
Both kids were breastfed. 1st starting sleeping through at 8 months old and the 2nd at 7 weeks.