Discouraging bedsharing doesn’t discourage breastfeeding, according to new study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Academic Pediatrics.
Bedsharing is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUIDs). Sleep-related deaths accounted for more than 16 percent of infant deaths in Northeast Florida in 2014, despite being largely preventable.
Researchers interviewed more than 3,000 mothers about breastfeeding and where their infant sleeps to determine how advice about both breastfeeding and sleep location impacted behaviors. The study concluded that receiving advice regarding sleep location did not impact feeding practices — many women were able to breastfeed and room share without bedsharing.
The study was conducted by researchers at Boston University, the University of Virginia and Yale University. Read the study abstract here.