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Journal Abstract of the Month for April 2005

"Interaction Between Feeding Method and Co-Sleeping on Maternal-Newborn Sleep"

Authors: Stephanie I. M. Quillin and L. Lee Glenn

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2004 Sept-Oct;33(5):580-8.

In the 4th week postpartum 33 mother-baby pairs were studied to research the question about whether there is an interaction between type of feeding and sleeping arrangements that affects postpartum sleep. Mothers used a sleep-activity record and charted sleep and awake times for themselves and their infants, and feeding for the infant, over the course of five 24-hour periods. The gender of the baby had no significant effect on the amount of sleep or number of awake times. 48% co-slept with their newborns for all or part of the night. Of those nine were breastfeeding and seven were giving formula. The study found that breastfeeding mothers had more sleep periods in 24 hours than mothers who bottle-fed. Statistically significant was the finding that breastfeeding mothers recorded more sleep than bottle-feeding mothers if their newborns co-slept and slept in the same bed as the mother for any part of the night. This paper stated that the nurse can recommend co-sleeping using the safe sleep arrangements given in this article. Because breastfeeding confers many health advantages to mothers and babies, it is important to study interventions that encourage breastfeeding and co-sleeping to lessen sleep loss and fatigue.

This paper is being categorized with the following keywords:

Sleep behaviors
Breastfeeding Initiation/ Duration
Formula Concerns

The PubMed Abstract of this article is available at this link.

Additional Information:

James McKenna, PhD. Expert on Infant Sleep, Breastfeeding, and SIDS

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Protocol on Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding

La Leche League International Publication: SAFE SLEEP
"For most of human history babies have slept next to their parents because it has been the practical thing to do for warmth and physical safety." The hormonal effects of breastfeeding cause mothers to fall asleep. Sharing sleep with baby can make both breastfeeding and parenting easier.
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