Sleep: That thing you used to take for granted, and be really good at. For the majority of new families, sleep is the number one cause of arguments. Ill health can even make the symptoms of postnatal anxiety and depression even worse.
Some infants are natural sleepers. They can self-settle, feed well and sleep for long periods of time, with no help or guidance from Mum or Dad. But as you or someone you know will relate to – this is not the case in many households. Instead, sleeping is a source of frustration that demands hours of time reading, asking advice and trial and error to help their infants get to sleep and stay asleep.
Sleep is important for infants. It aids in brain development and a lack of it can make them stressed.
If we think about it, a warm, snuggly dark womb with a constant supply of food, that they could hang out in and hear their Mum’s voice in is a pretty sweet place to relax and drift in and out of sleep. And now that the world is bright, tiring and has sharper, foreign noises to get used to – it’s way harder to drift into sleep than it was before.
Adding to the drama of it all your infant is trying to make your breasts produce the right amount of milk to satisfy themselves at the right times, and it can take up to six weeks for Mum and bub to strike a balance. If there are any feeding or digestion issues with the breastmilk, this process can be a long and difficult one until a feeding alternative is found, with the advice of a healthcare professional.
If your infant is not gaining weight each week, is crying for long periods of time or directly after or during a feed, see a lactation consultant or your GP, to find out or eliminate the possibility of an issue with the breastmilk or your little ones tummy.
Once you have established if bub either has an allergy or digestive issue with breast milk, select the best infant formula you can find. For infants with allergies to cow milk, a goat milk formula could be the solution.
If a happy feeding routine is established, but your infant is still not settling to sleep well or doesn’t sleep for the recommended number of hours for their age, there are many tried and tested ways to help.
Newborn and infant sleep issues are a process of elimination, so you will need to eliminate illness as a possible cause of extended crying. GP’s and healthcare professionals can check your infant for common illnesses such as ear infections, and suggest the best pain relief and treatment. Always seek their advice before medicating your infant.
In short, no. This old wives tale is tempting for new parents who just want some sleep, but there is no direct link to formula fed infants being better sleepers all-round.
However, there are co-contributing factors to aiding infant sleep (to the right of this information) with which formula could help in some situations.
Oli6® provides this information to help parents make an informed decision about how to feed their infants.