Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. PB says

    Friends and family keep telling me that I should switch to formula before bed, and then my baby will sleep through the night. Have you any advice about this “suggestion”? I feel like they all think I’m crazy for continuing to breastfeed. My baby is 8 1/2 months old. She’s waking at least 4 times a night, so I’m pretty sure it’s not just because she’s hungry. However she doesn’t drink much expressed milk during the day while I’m at work, so I don’t want to stop feeding her at night if she’s hungry.

  2. Genevieve says

    Our 9.5-month-old definitely sleeps better when he’s had a good evening meal, with plenty of protein and good fats. He’s been gaining slowly and is a VERY distracted daytime nurser, so I still nurse him twice at night if he wakes (till the pediatrician tells us he’s gaining enough). But when he’s eaten well (solids) during the day, he will often only wake once to nurse. So while I don’t think solids solve every sleep issue, I do think they can help if you have a genuinely hungry kiddo.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Genevieve – Great point! Thanks for sharing a bit about your experience 🙂

  3. irene says


    In my experience it did help a bit… My LO was waking up every 1/2 hr to feed at night between three and four months… I thought it might just be a fase, but after over a month i was just too exausted to continue like that…
    So I spoke to my lactation consultant and she agreed to give it a try.
    So i started giving him very watery (milky) rice and things did improve a bit…. He went from 1/2 hr to about 2hrs… Which was still exhausting, but definitely better.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Irene – I think the key thing as that you spoke to a lactation consultant first – that is a GREAT first step, and one that parents really should take if they’re offering solids before 5 months or so. Best to talk to a healthcare provider, and to make sure that the addition of solids doesn’t impact breastfeeding or formula feeding.

      Thanks so much for offering your take, and your perspective on this – very helpful! 🙂

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Wee — thanks for sharing your story! In general, you’re absolutely right; a baby’s sleeping issues are usually more complicated than parents realize at first, and so a “quick fix” like offering solids doesn’t usually fix the problem.

    @ Domestic Diva & Hansini Fonseka — thanks to you as well for sharing your stories, especially since you both seem to be the exception to the “rule” that solids doesn’t fix poor sleeping! In your cases, it sounds like you had babies who were truly waking out of hunger and a need to eat. For most of the babies we work with, the problem isn’t quite so straightforward, but I’m glad it was in both your cases!

    And Domestic Diva, you offer a good reminder: when discussing feeding of any kind (whether breast, formula, or solids), it’s important to remember that if you have any concerns about your child’s nourishment (either because he seems to be losing weight, or because she’s not pooping well, etc.), talk to a healthcare provider.