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I breastfeed my 7.5 mth old but he still wakes 4 times a night for top ups. More comfort I guess as he shouldn’t need feeding. Would a bottle of formula at night make him sleep longer?


Posted by mom111362, 31st March 2015


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  • Formula may be more filling, but breast milk contains the sleep hormone melatonin.


  • My baby’s sleep improved when she started on solids.


  • Definitely, formula usually means bub’s tummy will be full and that will help them sleep for longer


  • You can mix formula to different thicknesses, so yes I have been told formula us more filling and keeps them satisfied for longer


  • Short answer yes. But this doesn’t mean you have to be up all night, avoid snack feeds & give final feed as late as possible. I had to go into my room for this one at first, somewhere totally quiet so bub got a long uninterrupted feed & plenty of hind milk & gave him a little poke when he was dozing off & he’s fine till 6 or 7 am :) good luck either way!


  • A lot of people suggest formula for night but does your bub already take a bottle? Also if formula doesn’t agree with bub you could find yourself with other problems like reflux and constipation. I would keep breastfeeding as whenever I’ve tried formula at night one of the above has happened.


  • All I can say is yes from my own experience. My one son used to keep me up almost all night as he would suck for a couple of mins then sleep only to wake up again to suck. It was so tiring. Eventually feeling like a zombie, I started giving him formula at night. What bliss! He would sleep 3 to 5 hours and when he went onto solids, it went to 7/8 hours. I was one happy mum.


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