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Bedsharing and Breastsleeping

Mary Francell, Bellingham, Washington, USA La Leche League Leaders are often asked about night nursing and infant sleep. In 2014, LLLI published the well-researched book Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family which answers many frequent questions and is an excellent resource for both Leaders and parents. Soon after the publication of … Read More

A couple sleepwith one baby nestled into mother, and one baby in a sidecar attached to the bed. The mother is in a protective 'cuddle curl' next to her baby.

Sleep-training… or not

The Mama-support-system has arms that help with shifts in position.  It has warmth, comfort, and reassuring sounds.  It has a snuggly breast that offers food, comfort, and sleep-encouraging hormones; and it has an adult brain that does the problem-solving.  The problem-solving may go something like this:   Breast?  No.  Position?  No.  Diaper?  No.  Try breast again?  Yes.  Take away that responsive, problem-solving support system and you have a baby who’s totally helpless. ... Read More

My thoughts about “Sweet Sleep”

During pregnancy I saw Lir, through the ultrasound sleeping in my tummy. During pregnancy I also looked through the shops windows for cribs. They were white, nude and attractive but as a student of marketing and economy my stomach felt weird when I looked at them! Unfortunately, the marketing in the year 2015 was stronger than my “professional” doubts, so my husband and I bought the most beautiful crib for our precious little boy. That most beautiful crib turned to be my biggest doubt in my first days of motherhood.... Read More

Infant Sleep

PROFESSOR HELEN BALL,  Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK Originally published September 2016, updated November 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Photo: Belle Verdiglione Infant sleep: sleep development Infant sleep is different from that of adults. Babies don’t sleep all night, fall asleep differently, and have shorter sleep … Read More

The Safe Sleep Seven

Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman Photo: Weaver by Lisa on Location Photography Excerpted from Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, Chapter 2: The Safe Sleep Seven, by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman, a La Leche League International book, Ballantine Books, 2014. Wah! Wah! Wah! Drag … Read More

Sleep: Talking With Your Doctor About Bedsharing

Some parents choose not to discuss their sleeping arrangements with medical caregivers, even if asked. If you do choose to, here are some points you may find helpful. I really do appreciate your willingness to listen. It’s one of the reason’s we came to you.... Read More

Sleep: Safe Surface Checklist

If you are a nonsmoker, sober and unimpaired, a breastfeeding mother, and your baby is healthy and full-term, one his back, lightly dressed, and you both are on a safe surface, the solid research indicates your automatic behaviors and responsiveness as a breastfeeding mother make it practically impossible to roll over on him. Other smothering risks are simple to deal with and are covered below.... Read More

Sweet Sleep

It’s 4 a.m. You’ve nursed your baby five times throughout the night. You’re beyond exhausted. But where can you breastfeed safely when you might fall asleep? You’ve heard that your bed is dangerous for babies. Or is it? Is there a way to reduce the risk? Does life really have to be this hard? No, it doesn’t.... Read More

Sleep: Bedshare

Mothers and babies sleeping together is a normal, healthy, shared instinct as old as humankind. But certain situations can make this normal behavior unsafe. Let’s see what it takes to avoid those situations so you can enjoy being with your baby awake or asleep.... Read More

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