A statement I've heard in the past is, "If I bottle feed, I'll get more shut-eye!" I think this is...
A statement I've heard in the past is, "If I bottle feed, I'll get more shut-eye!" I think this is a common misconception for a few reasons. 1. People think formula fills a baby up better than breast milk, thus junior will sleep better. 2. People, mamas in particular assume, my partner will get up to feed the baby, thus they'll get more sleep. 3. Some mamas think breastfeeding is more work, thus equaling less sleep. Well, there are benefits to bottle feeding, but more sleep isn't one of them. Sorry. Formula doesn't equal more sleep: Studies (and plenty of my friends) will note that while formula fed newborns may sleep a wee bit longer then their breastfed peers, it won’t last long. Babies past the newborn stage tend to sleep about the same amount of time on average, no matter what they're fed. In fact, a new study, published this week in the journal Pediatrics, notes that all new mamas are missing out on sleep, no matter how they feed their babies. The new study shows that breastfeeding and bottle feeding mamas get about the same amount of sleep and the same quality of sleep. What partner? The idea that your partner will help out more if you bottle feed may be bunk. The same study above found that none of the study participants said that they got help from the father, even if they did happen to be bottle feeding. Additionally, having been there myself, and seen my friends there, I can tell you that mamas spend way more time feeding than dad AND even when you do get help from your partner, you'll be woken up by the noise your partner or the baby is making. One reason that mamas likely end up feeding more often is that mamas think they can do everything best, which really translates to doing most of the work. I've been there. I had that hero mama complex. Chill out, and maybe you'll get some more help. It's okay to pump some milk and let your partner bottle feed during the night sometimes. Breastfeeding is not more work: It's a lot of work to get up, find a clean bottle, find a clean nipple, mix formula, heat formula, wait for formula to cool and then feed your baby. It's MUCH less work to pop out those handy dandy breasts and feed your baby. It's even less work if you co-sleep. Then you just roll over in bed and feed your baby as you get at least semi-rest. Breastfeeding can be more work at first, while you're getting the hang of it, but soon you'll be a pro and it'll be a snap.

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