Re: Frustrated & Confused..teething, formula, pumping etc...
with Shelley. Some subjects just have to be "we will agree to disagree, let's not have any more discussions".
Just FTR, it is totally normal for both breastfed and formula-fed babies to wake frequently throughout the night, because babies have shorter sleep cycles and awaken more easily than adults. Frequent waking doesn't prevent a baby from getting "enough" sleep. Adults wake in the night, too. We just don't remember it because we're good at putting ourselves back to sleep- but babies and young children often need assistance to go back to sleep.
Formula isn't the cure for frequent night-waking. I still remember seeing my formula-feeding friend with terrible bags under her eyes- she'd been up all night with her baby, and because he didn't nurse (he was a terribly frustrating non-latching baby), she had to rock him, and make bottles, and do all sorts of things that breastfeeding moms don't have to do. We can just roll over, pop a breast in baby's mouth, and everyone drifts back to sleep. If you're co-sleeping, that is- which I suggest trying if you're having to get up to nurse multiple times per night.
If your doc doesn't agree with your nighttime parenting choices AND is giving you a hard time about your so-called "skinny" baby, find a different pediatrician. And stop telling your Mom and MIL about what the pediatrician says about sleep- you're just handing them ammunition to use against you.
Oh- and for sleep issues I recommend reading Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution". It has breastfeeding-friendly suggestions for getting a baby to sleep longer and more independently.
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