Can’t get that baby to sleep through the night?
Want those full 9 hours of sleep you remember?
Pump your baby full of Enfamil‘s “Restfull” formula! It’s,
Specially designed to help babies feel full longer and sleep better…[It] thickens gently in baby’s tummy and digests slowly.
Because didn’t you hear? Formula-feeding is apparently,
A natural way to help keep your baby feeling satisfied.
Ri-ight. Because as a natural parent, when you’re not forcing your baby to sleep through the cry-it-out method, certainly you’re hoping to find something that will stick in their bellies. Or even better, something that will magically “thicken” in their bellies.
Okay, so it’s not “magic.” It contains rice starch to thicken and slow digestion, same as their Enfamil AR. Actually, exactly the same: it’s the same mix, different packaging.
So what has been the reaction so far? Of course, breastfeeding advocates say this is one more ploy of the formula companies to reel in sales by trying to “sell” the idea of a full night’s sleep. Sure, some babies do it. All should by a certain point. But if you’re not getting enough sleep (and what, might I ask, is “enough”?), are you really going to force it by some congealing mess in baby’s tummy?
Some natural parents, like Dr. Momma at Peaceful Parenting, take the attachment parent high ground when it comes to this new sleep-promising formula.
Babies need frequent night feeding due to the rapid pace of neurological development that occurs especially during those sleepy, night-time hours when calories and energy are all focused on the brain.
Babies are not *designed* to be left alone, ignored all night long…If you don’t wish to PARENT a baby (even during the nighttime hours), then don’t have a baby.
She also points out that babies waking frequently may help reduce the risk of SIDS. That is, it’s part natural defense mechanism.
Even mainstream parenting message boards are filled with horrified comments like these:
Next it will be baby unisom…
And parents will start giving this stuff to their babies around the clock to get them to go longer between feedings.
Great one on Enfamil for targeting all those parents who think there baby should sleep through at 3 weeks and are exhausted and want a miracle product….God im really starting to hate these formula company and i formula feed!! Its a corporation after your money its unneccesary…If your child doesnt sleep through give her some time…[sic]
Elsewhere, moms seemed really excited at the prospect of something that would “digest more slowly” thus making frequent wakings a thing of the past!
I just brought this formula this weekend and so far so good. My twin girls are 7 months and they both have taken turns in not sleeping through the night. It supposedly expands in the belly to give the babies a full belly. Sunday night into mONDAY i GOT A FULL NIGHT SLEEP! No stirring the got up about 10 this morning no fussing at all.[sic]
Another mom seemed leaning toward it because,
I really don’t want to feed him during the night, because I feel he gets enough food during the day, and he definitely isn’t underweight.
You want to try this formula because he “gets enough” in the day?! I’m not even touching that one, folks.
Can I tell you a secret? I’m a total bitch when I don’t get enough sleep. One of the many reasons why I breastfeed. I’m not sure if all these frequently-waking formula-feeders are aware, but breastfeeding is (psst…) less work. [Hushed whisper…] You get more sleep if you breastfeed, especially if you co-sleep.
Maybe, for the sake of sleepy time, you might switch back to the breast?
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It’s true. I get so much sleep by nursing and co-sleeping. When I hear about ppl actually getting out of bed I scratch my head. Frequent night wakings means rolling over to adjust my pillow and making sure a breast is available. Then right back to sleep.
I couldn’t sleep while breast feeding it was annoying to me. I was awake more than when I formula fed. I had put DS on the A.R. formula cause they said he had acid reflux. It made him so constipated. He ended up in the hospital with them trying to squirt water and used a tube thing to help break it up. He was bleeding and everything trying to go. I would not recommend it to anyone.
1001 petals says
Babies are not *designed* to be left alone, ignored all night long…If you don’t wish to PARENT a baby (even during the nighttime hours), then don’t have a baby.
I feel like saying this on so many topics, this included.
I am not surprised, but I am appalled. What will these companies think of next?! Babies are not meant to sleep through the night. I would have been terrified if my baby slept 9 hours without waking. Breastfeeding and co-sleeping is MUCH easier than mixing bottles, anyway. And isn’t adding rice starch to the formula the same as mixing rice cereal into the baby’s bottle – which the AAP recommends against now?
Crimson Wife says
When my oldest was physically unable to nurse and pumping wasn’t enough to meet her needs, I quickly learned to give her the formula bottles in the evening and the breast milk bottles during the day. It really does make a difference in how long the baby will sleep before wanting to feed again. She was the one who started sleeping through the night at 2 months vs. 4 1/2 to 6 months for my exclusively BF babies.
But I certainly don’t think that sleeping through the night a couple months earlier is worth the hefty price tag and just plain inconvenience of formula feeding. Not to mention any health benefit the baby & mom may get from BF.
Stephanie - Green SAHM says
Ugh. We need some pediatricians to come out against this. As PureMothers said, the AAP doesn’t recommend thickening formula when it’s done by moms, is this any different, really?
I only figured out sleeping while breastfeeding with my most recent baby, and what a relief! Night feedings don’t exhaust me so much and I still know I’m doing what’s best for my baby, not just what’s easiest for me.
Although I have to say it’s pretty easy now that I have the hang of it.
That is so cheap of the formula companies. My baby boy wouldn’t nurse(whole other story) so we formula feed and use the a.r due to acid reflux. First I hate bottle feeding but it’s the only way and sucks getting up in the night and he is 6 months and does,’t sleep through. I can’t believe what companies do to make money
The whole point of this formula just disgusts me. The company is taking a sensitive area with parents, especially new parents that don’t know any better, and tugging at it to sell more formula. Their bottom line is MONEY not BENEFIT to your baby.
What benefits your baby is having his or her needs met when those needs arise. Artificially making your baby full is going to create more problems than it solves in the long run.
I’ll also add that my daughter is an exclusively breastfed co-sleeper and since about two months (she’s just over 3 months now) goes anywhere from 4-6 hours at night between nursings.
Breastfeeding is the ideal food for a baby, and personally I love the *idea* of co-sleeping. But it really doesn’t work for everyone. Personally, I hated breastfeeding. Every moment of it. It felt horrible, I walked around like a zombie all day because I wasn’t getting any sleep, and I basically was a psycho bitch to my husband & virtually anyone else I met. The baby would only latch-on in the football position which meant that breastfeeding felt really awkward & I couldn’t get it to work without at least 5 pillows and contorting my body in weird ways. So forget nursing in front of people, even with a Boppy and one of those cute nursing covers with the boning in it. The whole experience really sucked. Literally.
At one point, I was so batshit insane that I handed the kid to my husband, said “I can’t take it anymore! I am leaving & here is some formula.” I drove to an undisclosed location and slept there, in my car, for 8 hours. It was the first time I felt like a human being in months.
My baby stopped nursing at 4 1/2 months, and I am glad she was able to get the benefits of it for that long. But it was definitely a sacrifice of love, one that I will surely use in future Mom-guilt-trips for years to come. I really feel like I did everything I could (La Leche, lactation consultants, enough Fenugreek to make my urine smell like Aunt Jemima, fancy 300$ double electric breast pump, hours of pumping, Lansinoh, nipple shields and more nipple shields) but still, it drove me crazy.
I give my baby store-brand formula now. She reacts to it just fine, and has never been sick. I’ve gotten a lot of flack from various friends, relatives & total strangers who think they know what’s best for my baby, but do you know what I think is best for my baby? Having a mom who is getting enough sleep & is mentally alert enough to deal with all of the challenges that come with being a new mom. I kiss my baby and play with her more during the day, because I have the energy to do it. My house doesn’t look like a dump, because I can take the time to clean it each day. I feel like I can get behind the wheel of a car without worrying about whether I’ll stay awake during the drive to the lactation consultant’s office. My friends don’t hand me pamphlets about post-partum depression counseling anymore, and I don’t spend as much time entertaining the idea.
And in order for that to happen for me, I had to resort to a sub-optimal method of feeding my baby… but in my mind, everything is a trade-off.
First of all, it says it right there in the ad… formula takes longer to digest than breastmilk. Why? Because it is harder to digest, the nutrients aren’t as easily absorbed, and you know what? Babies are designed to feed more frequently than that.
As for adding rice to their bottles to make them sleep longer, the general consensus is that it is not only unhealthy, but doesn’t work. Some babies seem to sleep longer when you do that, but that’s because they hit that age where a lot of babies start sleeping longer through the night.
As for reflux… formula fed babies tend to have *more* problems with reflux. And breastmilk has healing properties, which can help ease the upset tummy.
I have never understood the thought that it is easier to get up and make a bottle than it is to latch a baby on (cosleeping or no). It’s already perfect temperature, there’s no clean up, there’s no mixing. Even with breastmilk being digested more quickly, babies *will* sleep for longer and longer periods–because their bodies are ready to.
“Their bottom line is MONEY not BENEFIT to your baby.” EXACTLY.
This kind of advertising frustrates the h*ll out of me. And as for mommies, I get that need for sleep. I understand that formula has a place in the world, and I don’t think you’re a bad mommy if you end up formula feeding. I just wish more people would wake up and realize that formula is not this miracle food that not only equals breastmilk (because it can’t) but will magically reduce colic, fussiness, and make your baby sleep more.
Becky G. says
Hi Rachel…I share your frustration about that kind of advertising. I’ve even seen one company call theirs “The breastmilk formula.” In fact, I was one of many moms to contact a national breastfeeding alliance and it took less than one day of emails to get that taken down! The truth is, breast is best…we all know that! However, there are many moms out there (and I was one of them with my twins) who simply cannot do it. I looked around for an organic option and happened upon a company called Vermont Organics. I’ve been very happy…no colic, no reflux…no problems. Just my two cents!
Love your comments. Straightforward and to the point. I am a pediatrician and there is a lot of talk about this. In fact, one pediatrician attempted to post a comment on the site but that was days ago; apparently the company decided not to post it.
My daughter had to be switched to formula because within a five minute time frame she would spit up almost all of the breast milk she consumed. She could not lay flat to sleep until she was over a year old. We could not even lay her down to change her diaper because as soon as we did the milk would come right back up. We had a choice to make. Either give her formula with rice cereal added or have a feeding tube inserted. Needless to say we switched to formula with rice cereal mixed in. I have never felt so guilty about anything in my life like I did when I listened to the lactation consultants and other mothers instead of following my own instincts from the beginning. I am not a first time mother either. I breast fed my other two children.
Don’t assume that all babies are better off breast feeding because that simply is not true in every case. Most of the time it is. However, some babies have serious issues with reflux. My daughter finally began gaining weight and growing when we switched to formula with rice cereal. My choice had nothing to do with how much sleep I got. Breast milk did not magically cure my daughters reflux. It became worse because of it. There are also mothers who can not breastfeed because of certain medications they need to stay on in order to live. What frustrates the h*ll out of me are all of those women out there that think they know what is best for everyone. Even worse is the amount of guilt placed on such mothers because they can not breastfeed for legitimate reasons. The people who are making them feel guilty are other mothers!
I understand peoples frustration with the advertising. If you do not like the product don’t buy it. It’s that simple.
Ted Greiner says
Good thing babies can’t talk. Otherwise they might object to being used as guinea pigs for each sick new idea that comes along for something to add to their food, ignoring what long-term health effects it might have. (Couldn’t slow digestion be a sign of difficult digestion–for example the fact that young babies don’t yet have enough amylase to break down starch?)
Another advantage of co-sleeping and breastfeeding (if mother does not use alcohol or drugs) is that mother and baby’s sleep rhythms tend to synchronize so that baby never wakes needing food just when mom is most deeply asleep.
I applaud and commend Heather and Claire’s comments. I had to stop breastfeeding at 4 weeks and it was amazing how many people felt the need to lecture me about how to parent my own child. Breastfeeding is the optimal choice, but it IS NOT for everyone.
Re: the Restfull, I’ve heard of some Pediatricians recommending this product, but for babies that were 7 and 8 months old, were still waking up to feed during the night, and were getting a lot to eat during the day (these babies were taking in over 40 ounces during the day).
just because a mother doesn’t breastfeed doesn’t make her a bad person. i hate when you “natural” parents imply that. what’s so wrong with formula? my son is completely 100% healthy and never had one drop of breast milk in his life thanks to my being sick the first week of his life. ever hear of babies dying from being on formula? no, so as long as they’re healthy and the mom isn’t doing it to be lazy, why hate on all of us formula moms?
i like how all these momms are into co sleeping and breastfeeding. my wife wasnt able to breast feed and my daughter is now 9 mos and gets up every three hours, we both work and are trying to cope with the deprivation. i cant wait till all you are back on this blog wondering why your kids wont sleep in their own beds!!! im not saying there should be a wonder formula to halp my chold sleep but if we could get at least 3 nights of sound sleep im sure it would help.
So I am wondering why is it that breastfeeding and co-sleeping is so great. I am a formula mom I attempted to BF my daughter and it wasn’t working, with my son I simply couldn’t because I was sick. i agree that breast milk is best but it is sometimes not the reality for many moms. my son and daughter are both perfectly healthy. Aaron said it right when he said he can’t wait to see the co-sleeping moms back on this blog saying my kid won’t sleep alone. But most of all I must share the fact that I am an x-ray tech and when babies die they usually always have an autopsy this autopsy always, has a lot of x-rays involved to rule out the baby being physically abused. well I will tell you that 95% of the reason for babies dying, they suffocate. I can’t say how many dead babies I have seen because moms say co-sleeping is the best and easiest. I must say if us formula feeding moms that have to actually get out of bed to make a bottle are going to be judged than maybe you should see what your doing can actually kill your baby, the formula wont but you can as you co-sleep.
I really didn’t see any “hating” on formula-feeders here… just people reporting that their in own circumstances, they got more sleep when co-sleeping while nursing. And actually, babies do die of being formula-fed. Many in third world countries, and a new study has shown that it may be around 900 per year in the US. That is not a scare tactic, it is a fact, unlike the co-sleeping will kill your baby myths. Yes, co-sleeping can kill your baby if you are drunk while doing it, if your baby is formula-fed (because breastfeeding actually works with biology to make mom and baby aware of each other and in sync during their sleep together), or if you are doing it in a dangerous place like a couch. More babies die alone in cribs of SIDS each year than while co-sleeping.
My older child co-slept for a year and a half, then in our room for another year, and now sleeps in her own room, her own bed, falls asleep alone. So, you won’t see many moms back on here crying that their children won’t sleep alone. They all will, eventually… certainly by the time they head off to college, at least. 😉
Yeah, mothers that do not breastfeed are not bad mothers, I did not breastfeed and wanted to but had my mother die in less than a week after my baby was born, and it was suddenly and unexpected so I had to stop, I was too overwhelmed and depressed, theres many reasons one does not breastfeed and it has nothing to do with being lazy.
babies who are notbreastfed are 3.5 times more likely to die (mostly of SIDS) within the first year of life than breastfed babies.This is a fact.
Why is it that you can’t nurse if you are sick ????? That’s silly-of course you can.
I hear a lot of mothers saying “I couldn’t nurse because ________ .” ….Most of the issues that come up for mothers are related to problems that are easily remedied usually stemming from the mother’s own negative feelings or attitude toward the nursing.Like anxiety,pessimism,doubt,discomfort b/c it feels ‘weird’ (the subconciously think of their breasts as sexual).Actual legitimate,tangible problems with low milk or milk duct problems or any other real,physiological/biological condition with the mechanics of breastfeeding are pretty uncommon (less than 10% of women).
The extent of benefits and significant difference between nursing and formula feeding for the lifetime health and well-being of mother and baby is soooooo BIG,that working through any other issues and being persistent and focused on the big picture is the most worthwhile choice you may ever make in your lifetime.
I’m sorry but our society and culture is too geared toward quick -fixes that are usually harmful in the long run (pills for everything and disposable and buy a new one!!! just throw the old one out-don’t bother trying to fix it)
If formula wasn’t so widely available mothers might not resort to it so often and so fast.I personally think it should only be legal to use if absolutely neccessary and as a last resort.I know how many people are going to say how extreme that is but I do feel that way and most revolutions have been extreme.
Do you know who owns the formula companies???? TAKE A WILD GUESS !!!…..-most of the major formula companies are involved with the pharmaceutical giants!!Big surprise there.They definitely have a bottom line and that bottom line is most CERTAINLY $$$$$$PROFIT$$$$$$$$.They don’t give a shit about you or your babies best interest.All those wispy ,feel-good commercials they have about caring for your baby and doing everything you can to protect your baby (so choose our formula b/c your baby will be healthier from our added special nutrient_______)are completely business and completely false.They sit around a table somewhere talking about what they can do to get you to buy their product.Experts who know exactly what combination of images and words will make you want to use their formula.It’s such a crock of shit.
The issue of breastfeeding ought to be more of a priority in our country.It covers several major problems all in one.Healthcare,economy,environment,jobs( alot more would be created from an increase in nursing than from formula production) our children’s performance in school and the rate of college attendance,obesity, and less unwanted pregnancies(sounds harsh but most of our world problems are connected to an exploding overpopulation and a lack of adequate resources).
The whole WIC thing where all these (mostly young and uneducated about nursing vs. formula feeding) women are being supplied with so much $$$ in formula is RIDICULOUS.If they only offered it to the women who have a real medical problem with nursing-imagine how much $$$$$ could be used for other,more neccessary issues.If they didn’t have a choice and they didn’t have it given to them so freely-they would just naturally figure out nursing and it’s that simple.If one does not have a choice,what happens???? WE ADAPT
But that won’t happen b/c formula companies give $$$$$$ to government and others to just shush up and keep quiet……just leave it be.They scratch the big man’s back and the big man scratches their back.EXactly like the tobacco companies and the companies pumping out Genetically Modified food to people who do not know the facts.Very misleading. So is the way of the world and especially the good ‘ol U S of A.
SAy what you will-i know when I’m right-and I’m right.If a mother is having issues with breastfeeding success and chooses (or feels like she ‘has to’-trust me,you don’t) to give her baby formula….for now that is her choice and she will deal with the effects of that(you may not make the connection but there WILL be effects wether today or in 20 years).
I’m wondering why the mothers with reflux babies couldn’t pump their milk and mix it with the rice cereal????? Same idea but they still get the liquid gold.
Breastfeeding can be work and is sometimes a sacrifice…..but isn’t that what the deep love of mothering a child is all about?Doing what for your children what you know is BEST for them wether that proves difficult or not-persevering.There are many confusing choices you will be faced with in parenting( and a million experts telling you a million different things).This is the clearest and most black-and-white choice you will maybe ever be faced with as a parent-there are 2 choices and they are day and night in almost every way.Stick with it-and don’t give up …..you’ll be glad you did(working on your thinking and attitude about it can easily be adjusted with some effort and intention)
You know there are some of us out there will legit medical problems which force us to formula feed. I take heart and blood pressure medications due to having Postural Orthostatic tachycardia Syndrome. I talked to my cardiologist and Lactation Consultant and both agreed the meds were not safe while nursing. Please dont be rude and think that no matter what a mother can breastfeed because its not true in all cases.
Angela H. says
Thank you for filling me in…we have become parents again to my 9-month-old granddaughter, custodial for the next year. In the past 6 weeks she has gone from waking every 90 minutes to sleeping all night except for one waking between 3:30-4:30 to take a bottle. I have MS and lupus SLE, which are both aggravated by lack of sleep. However, I would never do anything to disrupt that baby’s natural sleep cycles–and adjustments she has to make, as it was probably scary coming from such a disruptive, drug-filled home and finding herself in a comforting, quiet place (she probably wondered what all the peacefulness was about!)–and this formula was suggested, so I thought I’d better check it. Sounds like a good old-fashioned bit of thin non-gmo rice cereal would do just as well…and not ‘expand’ in areas where we can’t see what the effect is. I’ll take my sleep disruption and have a healthy baby, thanks!! 🙂
This was so irritating to read. There is nothing wrong with a formula fed baby. I tried to BF, but i couldnt, i didnt produce enough and then i went dry. My son has slept through the night since he was 6 weeks old. He goes to sleep at 11 and wakes up at 6. He is happy and healthy and in between the 50-75 percentile in growth. I really want to say to these bf and co sleeping mothers who were lucky enough to be able to breast feed to screw off. what if y’all were in a position where y’all couldnt bf? What would you be saying then? Or have you not considered that? Breast feeding isnt for everyone, and lots of mothers breast feed and supplement with formula…what is that? what do you say to them? good job 50% of the time? Be more considerate when you word things and dont be so critical, because your in your shoes, dont judge anyone else until you have walked in theirs
are all of you aware that not ALL moms can BF? If you were, thank goodness for that. I tried and my milk supply never came in, my baby was miserable and so was I for weeks for trying. I had to return to work at 6 weeks. I can’t tell you how many people have made me feel bad/shameful that I was not able to BF. I tried several lactation consultants, everything and nothing worked. Please don’t think maybe she should have tried harder, you weren’t in my shoes. there are also other women how for medical reasons cannot BF. Also I have a baby who is almost 6 months old who does not sleep at all. when parents look for solutions it’s not only for ourselves but b/c I know that my daughter needs to sleep in order to be healthy. Also it’s because I work 40 hours a week, and I need to be restful too. I don’t mind getting up a couple times a night with my 6 month old but when you are sleeping less then 2 or 3 hours a night for months because your child won’t sleep you will look for other solutions, not just staying full longer but making them more comfortable while they sleep. Not all parents can cosleep either, it actually is not recommended b/c it increases the risks of SIDS and I do not sleep a wink with a baby next to me. I’m too worried the whole time and she flails around so much it keeps me up. So when parents are looking for solutions please get off your condescending high horse you rode up in and offer advise instead of criticism.
Good for you! You breastfeed!! You need to stop promoting and encouraging co-sleeping! Why put down mama’s for feeding their babies formula and wanting to get some sleep when you admit to putting your baby’s life in danger because you’re too lazy to get out of bed and get a baby out of a bassinet! If you’re too lazy to be a mom don’t become one. Yes i breastfeed mine and he sleeps IN HIS OWN BED next to mine. Don’t put your poor kids life at risk because you can’t get out of bed a couple times at night!!
Hope you enjoy the insults and judgemental views that you gave to formula feeding mamas!!!
**Like the ones you gave formula feeding mamas. Sorry, not awake yet from waking up with my baby to get him out of his bed at 5 this morning.
Ps. If you sleep with your baby all night does that mean you don’t get up to change him/her.. Too lazy for that too?