Re: STTN and Formula fed vs BF babies
Breastfed babies are able to sleep through the night. But for a breastfed baby, STTN = one 5-6 hour stretch of sleep, not a solid 8 hours like we adults are accustomed to. After that one stretch of 5-6 hours- which not all babies will give you- you can expect to be up every 1-3 hours. Formula-fed babies aren't much different- my formula-feeding friends tend to be up with their kids only slightly less than I have been with my breastfed ones. The same things that wake breastfed babies- teeth, new developmental milestones, missing mommy- also wake formula-fed babies. The big difference between formula-fed babies and breastfed babies, I think, is that when formula-fed babies wake at night, people don't automatically blame the feeding method for causing the night-waking.
People love to give advice about sleep, and most of it is bad. Schedules don't do anything to help babies sleep, they just mess up breastfeeding and cause problems with supply. French parenting isn't better than American parenting, no matter how many books it sells or how tres chic it is. The key to dealing with advice is to act as if you don't need it. The answer to "How is the baby sleeping?" is "Great, thanks for asking!" It's no-one's business but yours how many times your baby was unto nurse.
I remember when DD2 was born, and all these random grannies would come up and peak into the Bjorn. "Is she a good baby?" they would ask. "Does she sleep for you?" My answer was always a big smile followed by "ALL babies are good. And none of them sleep."
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"