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“Restfull” Infant Formula is Full of *Something* Specially designed to help babies feel full longer and sleep better

Posted Sep 01 2009 5:00pm

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?

Image: johnnycorduroy on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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