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Updated: 2018-04-24T09:51:01.726+01:00

 



Hi Anon is this because he wakes frequently? ie h...

2013-05-09T20:10:50.730+01:00

Hi Anon is this because he wakes frequently? ie how is the sleep in your case linked to feeding at 2 1/2?



i wish this were true in our case. i am still brea...

2013-05-09T19:39:02.118+01:00

i wish this were true in our case. i am still breastfeeding my 2 1/2 year toddler and i can honestly say i have been exhausted from the day he was born and rarely get any quality sleep. i am committed to continuing because it is the best thing for him but i am knackered and cannot relate to this article at all. incidentally, we co-sleep!



As I was never able to breastfeed laying down (and...

2012-03-18T10:12:54.295+00:00

As I was never able to breastfeed laying down (and I am not the only woman I know who has struggled with this) in the end breastfeeding was not more restful because I still had to sit up, arrange the bf pillow, etc. I struggled for month after month to bf, but I wasn't alone and - despite an army of support including 4 lcs, my midwife, LLL leaders, local bf supporters and a host of bf friends + 3 tongue and lip tie revisions that never fully resolved baby's suck issues - baby was unable to properly transfer milk. I was able to pump and bottle feed thankfully.
My point is this: yeah, Moms should know that bf doesn't necessarily have to mean less sleep, but that is only a generalization. We still can't know and shouldn't presume to know how someone else is getting from day to day. Even beyond bf we all have different sleep habits. DD2 was a dream to cosleep with - having her on my chest was better than any sleeping pill on the market. But DD1 thrashed and couldn't settle if anyone else was touching her.
Amen to providing Moms with more support. I think most Moms will agree that there is a comprehensive lack of structural support for bf, esp for Moms who are struggling with latching/structural issues with baby.



http://ameda.com/daily_feed/more-sleep-breastfeed ...

2011-03-19T14:22:06.260+00:00

http://ameda.com/daily_feed/more-sleep-breastfeed

QUOTE Why didn’t sharing night feedings help mothers sleep more? Because the mothers’ sleep was significantly disrupted while the baby’s father fed the baby. END



im exclusively breastfeeding and my baby sleeps fr...

2010-11-13T15:47:27.690+00:00

im exclusively breastfeeding and my baby sleeps from 9.30pm till 4am,then feeds for 10mins and sleeps in untill 8am when we get up for the school run,and shes only 6 weeks old. we struggled with soreness due to latch probs in the beggining,but glad i stuck it out as its so easy not having to get up and sort bottles! i fall straight back to sleep after a feed and so does she!!
so yeah- i get plenty of sleep which is excellent!!!
gemma, mum of 2 x



I totally agree. I only fed dd1 myself for a few w...

2010-11-11T21:23:40.202+00:00

I totally agree. I only fed dd1 myself for a few weeks (wish I had done much longer, but was young and not given any support, but thats a whole other story lol) and was knackered all the time.I am nearly at 6 mths feeding this time and have much more sleep. Not only is there the benefit of not having to get up and make bottles ect, in the early days I could feed laying down and still sleep. Even now she has a feed about 4.30-5.30 sometimes we fall asleep together while feeding then when she has finished I plonk her back and off she goes to sleep.



Hi Anon I think there's lots of points muddled...

2010-11-11T18:30:45.330+00:00

Hi Anon
I think there's lots of points muddled together here.

Firstly sleep - It's an interesting argument that someone else can do it. Perhaps my two just have super strength vocals or something, but when either was awake and crying for a feed; I was awake and would be regardless of who was doing it. In fact half the street was likely awake too ;) lol So sleep is disturbed regardless for a lot of mums. With AF someone has to get up and give the bottle...
I also wonder how many dads continue to do half the nightfeeds after the first couple of weeks. When they are back at work and mum is still on maternity leave...some partners have jobs which mean they need to be really on the ball to either a) keep their job b) keep their life! (depending upon the environment)

Your second point is absolutely right - that breastfeeding often does need a lot more support than is discussed or offered. This in part is due to the fact that 96% of infants are not exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. Whereas mums would have had support from all friends/family who had done it, now those community skills are lost and the NHS is NOT filling the gap in most areas. Ditto it's about doing the best you can with the support you can - but let's not forget some mums DO just choose bottlefeeding because it appears the easiest option, or they can't be bothered or (perhaps the best I've heard) because they look so cute when feeding from a bottle....(and some argue play as a child has no impact HA!) so perhaps realising bottles don't = more sleep may influence their decision?

Perhaps instead of trying to decide whether a bottle is better when a mother is "over-wrought", we should be looking to improve support for the women who want to succeed, so we can try and prevent the situation arising at all? This is a big part of why we started milkmmatters.org.uk :)



I don't doubt that breastfeeding vs bottlefeed...

2010-11-11T18:12:17.128+00:00

I don't doubt that breastfeeding vs bottlefeeding mums get about the same levels of sleep, and the prolactin etc sound great, but surely the fundamental difference is that bottle-fed babies can be fed by someone else?! I fully accept breastfed is more wholesome and preferable all round, but it IS an ideal, and often requires lots more support than is ever discussed or truly offered. It's equally 'natural' to live with your extended family, who would care for, advise and take over responsibilities for the new parents while they adjust and focus on the baby (at least 4-6 weeks). Find that in most modern lives. The discussions for and against breast and bottlefeeding miss the point; it's what you can manage in your circumstances, with the support you can access, and with your own well-being as crucial to the baby as what it is fed. An over-wrought mother breastfeeding is not better than a sane mother bottlefeeding. Any militancy on this is damaging and cruel.