The study itself
The NCT response
The Lullaby Trust Response
The UNICEF response
Helen Ball Commentary
Before I had my first baby, I knew that co-sleeping was recommended (in the US). Now hold on! you might say but it's true. Co-sleeping is a term now used by the media when talking about bed sharing and it's a term that now has negative beliefs associated with it. Co-sleeping encompasses any way that a baby might sleep within close proximity to its caregiver. Bed-sharing, using a side car crib or having the crib in the same room as your bed are all ways of co-sleeping. In most cases the media are usually referring to bed-sharing.
The Current American Academy of Pediatrics Sleeping Policy Statement (current statement now uses the term room sharing instead of co-sleeping)
I purchased an Arms Reach Co-Sleeper before William was born and attached it to my side of the bed. It was never used after the first night. I lay William in the Co-Sleeper until he woke for the first time and never put him back. He slept on my right upper arm for almost a year and then slept 3 inches from my side until he turned 3. After a few weeks we couldn't imagine him being anywhere else. I also had a third degree tear from my first birth experience after an episiotomy and getting out of bed each time I needed to feed William was really painfull.
I did read "Sleeping with your Baby, a Guide to Co-sleeping" by James McKenna and I saw him speak at a WIC Conference in the US in 2010 in San Diego (If I recall correctly). He's a great speaker, he does a lot of research on the sleeping relationship of the breastfeeding dyad (Mum and Baby) and he is an advocate for safe bed-sharing in the US. He outlines safety guidelines for bed sharing in this book. I think the most important guideline for me is that bed sharing has to be a conscious decision for all involved. You cannot bring baby into bed without all parties being aware of it and being OK with it.
There are lots of benefits to everyone when you choose to breastfeed and bed share -
- Baby has access to food and comfort all night long which is great for your supply.
- It takes less time to respond to baby's needs when they wake or cry.
- You can sleep better without having to get out of bed each time baby wakes.
Ryan boasted to his friends at work how great breastfeeding and bedsharing was as from day 1 he woke up only to tend to William (3yo) which wasn't very often and I was able to care for Ellie pretty much by myself at night and we all got lots of sleep.
Bedsharing is great for all involved as I'm sure sleep deprivation is one of the top three complaints after the birth of a newborn (isn't it funny that we ignore everyone telling us this before they are born?)
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