Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice
This research paper is hot of the press, only being released on 7th January 2020. It was shared by a Midwifery colleague and makes for interesting reading. Click on the link below to read the full paper.
Co-sleeping has been an area of concern and confusion for many parents for many years. With the reality of 'actually parenting' not necessarily following the 'idealistic form' of parenting. This for new parents can be a confusing and worrying time. They are wanting to do the best for their newborn, not wanting to put them at any harm, not wanting to make any 'mistakes', wanting to 'get it right'! And while you believe that, maybe you wont be 'one of those parents', who shares your bed, you can find yourself doing just that. BECAUSE YOU NEED TO SURVIVE! Sleepless nights can be though and if you can get a few more hours sleep by co-sharing then survival kicks in! I would also like to recognise the mothers out there who freely choose to co-sleep with their babies because they instinctively feel it is the most natural way for them and their baby to sleep.
So It is great to finally have some evidence-based clinical guidance that has come from a centre who are at the forefront of infant sleep research.
They have been researching safe Infant sleeping, including helping reduce the rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome rates (SIDs) for over 20 years now.
It concludes that Breastfeeding mother and babies are not advised against bedsharing.
The research conducted studies in peoples our homes, in hospitals' and in their sleep clinic. Mothers an babies were observed during the night with cameras and via breathing, heart rate and temperature monitors.
The evidences from the studies showed that breastfed babies, who co-slept with their mothers, slept on their backs, with their mothers instinctively forming a protective position around their babies. And naturally positioned them away from pillows or other such objects that could obstruct their airways.
It highlighted that mothers should be educated to be able to 'safely co-sleep' with their babies, as it is a known common practise. This is done by health professionals discussing the dangerous circumstances surrounding safe sleeping such as, sleeping with a baby on a sofa, if either parent in the bed while co-sharing is impaired by alcohol, illicit drugs, medications, Tabaco exposure or preterm births.
SO, new parents out there, Please read this research and follow their guidance to be able to safely co-sleep with your baby.
HAPPY BABY = HAPPY PARENTS