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New Mums fear co-sleeping ?
Many parents find that bringing their baby into their bed helps them to care for their baby at night. Even when parents, prior to their baby’s birth, do not intend to co-sleep with their baby, it is still common for parents to do so at least at some point overnight. Australian research has found that 75-80% of babies spend some time co-sleeping in the first 3-6 months of life.
Babies need to be fed during the night and many new mothers fall asleep while feeding their baby. Co-sleeping helps to minimise disruption to sleep for both a mother and her baby.
Breastfeeding and co-sleeping mutually support each other. The convenience of co-sleeping for breastfeeding at night is the reason parents most commonly give for choosing to co-sleep. Mothers who bed-share with their baby tend to breastfeed longer and maintain exclusive breastfeeding longer than those who do not co-sleep.
Breastfeeding is protective against SIDS. Further protecting her baby, a breastfeeding co-sleeping mother usually adopts a position that facilitates close physical contact and observation of her baby. She tends to keep her baby at the level of her breast with an arm between her baby’s head and the pillow. She also instinctively bends her legs completing the protective space around the baby, making it impossible for another person to roll onto the baby without first coming into contact with her legs. A breastfeeding mother who co-sleeps with her baby (and has not consumed alcohol, illegal or sleep-inducing drugs or extreme fatigue) also tends to be highly responsive to her baby’s needs. Studies show more frequent arousals in both mothers and babies when they co-sleep, and some researchers have suggested that this may be protective against sudden unexpected infant deaths. Babies are checked by their mother and breastfeed more frequently when co-sleeping than when room-sharing.