Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?


The babies who were introduced to solid foods earlier than others were able to have a longer, steadier and undisturbed sleep and also suffered fewer serious sleep problems, than those who were fed nothing but breast milk for the first six months. She suggests maintaining a safe sleep space for baby by using a co-sleeper (which attaches to the parents' bed) so that it's easier for moms to get back to sleep after nursing.

The EAT trial was comprised of the early introduction group, which continued to breastfeed while six allergenic foods were introduced, and the standard introduction group, which were instructed to exclusively breastfeed to around age 6 months and consumed no food in that period, according to British infant feeding guidelines.

The researchers found that infants in the EIG group slept significantly longer and woke significantly less frequently than those in the SIG who were given early introduction of solids; the differences peaked at age 6 months.

The new study by King's College, London, and St George's, University of London, analyzed 1,303 babies of three-month-old and then researchers separated these babies into two groups in which one group of babies was depended on their mother's milk or breastfed for a time of six months and another group was provided solid food plus breast milk at the age of three months.

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Mothers should breastfeed only for the first six months and after they can introduce their baby to solid food, Both the U.K. National Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics advised.

Responding to the study, Prof Mary Fewtrell, nutrition lead at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, pointed out that guidelines for infant feeding are now being reviewed.

First foods can include mashed or soft cooked fruit and vegetables - such as parsnip, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear.

'We expect to see updated recommendations on infant feeding in the not too distant future'.

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They also found these benefits were long lasting - with the babies who had started eating earlier still sleeping better at one year of age. It can take lots of attempts before your baby will accept a new food or texture.

The Government now advises mothers to feed babies exclusively with breastmilk until they are at least six months, and only then gradually introduce solids.

Last month, the Royal College of Midwives responded to the pressure felt by new mothers by publicly stating new guidelines for midwives to respect a woman's choice not to breastfeed.

Of course, let's not forget the official advice, and that is to breastfeed your child for his six months of life - exclusively.

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Diet is brought up most often in discussions of physical fitness and weight, but the foods you eat have a profound impact on almost all of your body's functions - including sleep. If there is any doubt about what's best for your baby, please seek advice from your doctor or health professional'.