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Growing up milk - does it help them sleep?

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champagnesupernova Thu 13-Oct-11 21:14:00

Er, that's it really. Am slowly weaning ds2 off the boob and he's nearly ready for cow's milk as he's 11 months but still a bugger difficult in the night.

He's on solids and GENERALLY eats well
Seen lots of ads for growing up milk and am wondering if it would help him sleep. <hopeful>
TIA
PS Please don't flame me if this is an issue akin to grapes in the supermarket/P&C carparking thing that I don't know aboutblushgrin

vincentvangogh Thu 13-Oct-11 21:36:20

I've never heard that it makes a difference sleep-wise.

I used growing up milk with DS1 because I thought I had to, once he'd been weaned at 15m. Then I realised I was just buying very, very expensive vitamin-enriched cow's milk and he'd be fine with the normal stuff and fortified breakfast cereals.

I haven't used the stuff with either of the other two kids. If you want to get more dairy into your lo why not give him yoghurt?

Angel786 Thu 13-Oct-11 21:47:34

My dd uses the growing milk. She sleeps through from 8-8 but she only started to sleep through as I weaned her off bf (at 8.5 months)... She generally showed a lot less interest in milk since solids.

Not sure the two are synonomous as all babies are different etc etc.

RitaMorgan Thu 13-Oct-11 21:53:34

At almost a year, his sleep is unlikely to me linked to the kind of milk he drinks.

RightUpMyRue Thu 13-Oct-11 21:53:52

Plenty of studies have been done that conclude there is no correlation between the milk a baby drinks and how it sleeps.

Follow-on milk is completely unecessary for nutrition and some babies get constipated on it because of the high iron levels.

It would be nice and convenient if we could give a cup of milk and it would act as a sort of sedative but it just doesn't.

Islandgirllk Thu 13-Oct-11 21:59:38

A total waste of money in my opinion. Once over a year go straight to full-fat fresh cows milk to drink if baby is not being breast fed. Buy one and taste it yourself, it's disgusting , over sweet and has a strange texture.

organiccarrotcake Fri 14-Oct-11 09:59:25

'tis true, sadly. The only milk that has been shown to have a sleep effect is breastmilk because of the oxytocin effect. And this doesn't affect night waking - just getting back to sleep (although it helps both mum and baby drift off which is useful).

EauRouge Fri 14-Oct-11 11:16:17

Yep, sorry, there is nothing to show that it will make a difference.

Try nicking some grapes from the supermarket, that might do it grin

wigglesrock Fri 14-Oct-11 20:38:11

I have formula fed 3 dds and the type of formula, growing up milk etc has not made a blind bit of difference to their sleep - I speak from bitter experience grin.

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