Understanding the Important Relationship Between Sleep and Feeding Method

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

There are two new research articles out that complement each other quite nicely and highlight a very critical issue when it comes to parenting: The relationship between breastfeeding and infant sleep.  Although many “experts” like to ignore that sleep patterns will differ in crucial ways (and not others) when a child is exclusively breastfed, the fact is that feeding method can … [Read more...]

Toddler “Sleep Problems”: Should We Be Worried?

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Last week an article came out in JAMA Pediatrics that got a lot of media attention.  The basis of the article was looking at the long-term effects of sleep “problems” in toddlers.  Let it be known now that there is a dearth of research on this topic.  When many people jump up and down about how bad sleep habits in the younger years will result in lifelong problems, they have … [Read more...]

Educating the Experts – Lesson Six: The “Newborn Sleep Problem”

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It's been a while since I've worked on this series, having opted to try specific books instead.  However, what I found was that the themes in one book are apparent in every other so it seemed a better use to write a more general piece on the issues that run rampant in "sleep expert" books.  This next chapter handles the issue of the "newborn sleep problem".  Although it should … [Read more...]

Risky Parenting

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There’s a lot of discussion about risk these days, especially in the realm of parenting.  More specifically, there’s a massive backlash against any perceived risk that parents might take with the life of their child.  We can see it in comments about formula feeding, bedsharing, switching a car seat to forward facing at one year, sleep training, daycare, leaving a child … [Read more...]

New Video Tries to Scare Parents Into Not Bedsharing

Me after watching the video.
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So the following video is making the rounds on the interweb as a means of discouraging parents from bedsharing.  Take a moment and watch it yourself (I recommend staying away from hard things you might bang your head on, causing injury): Hello Ms. Cop.  Might I first ask what your qualifications are to talk about infant sleep and safety?  Are you a researcher on the … [Read more...]

Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Sleeping with your baby is as old as human history.  It is a biological norm for our babies to want to be close to us (and for most of us, for us to be close to them).  It is a practice that has been condemned in our current society, with fears of suffocation and SIDS leading the way, and most parents have been told flat-out to avoid it.  However, the practice is increasing as … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Beyond Infancy: The Question of Independence

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Abstract: Bedsharing in Western cultures is often looked down upon and considered socially inappropriate.  In the younger ages, safety fears run rampant, but even when these fears subside, bedsharing remains taboo.  The largest cultural concern with bedsharing beyond infancy is that somehow it will stifle a child's social development, particularly in the realm of independence. … [Read more...]

What Does It Take For Breastfeeding Success?

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My daughter first latched within 15 or so minutes of birth and she latched great.  My milk came in early and my daughter never lost more than 5% of her weight (despite my having an epidural which is often associated with a larger weight loss because of fluid retention; though perhaps how late I had it speaks to that, I don’t know).  My supply was never a problem, she never had … [Read more...]

Plan for “Record-Setting Bedsharing Deaths”? Same Old Thing (And It Doesn’t Work)

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Texas is on pace for a record number of “bedsharing” deaths this year: The record is 174 (in 2011) and this year so far they are already at 172.  Officials have launched a $100,000 campaign to curb these deaths by – you guessed it – telling parents how dangerous it is to bedshare ever.  A spokesperson for the state’s Child Protective Services said, “A lot of people don't … [Read more...]

Does Bedsharing Increase the Risk of Death for Younger Infants?

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A new study out of Pediatrics[1] has the media once again proclaiming that bedsharing is unsafe, particularly in the 0-3 month age range.  The study, which utilized data from the National Centre for Review and Prevention of Child Death Case Reporting System, examined details pertaining to over 8000 deaths in the period of 2004-2012.  Although the sheer number of deaths examined … [Read more...]