Breastfeeding actually INCREASES sleep duration for new mums, study says
One of the hardest parts of being a new parent, I think most people who have lived through those first years of parenthood will agree, is the learning to survive on a lot less sleep than you were used to before.
However, now a new study has showed that when it comes to shuteye, you (and your partner!) might fare better in the sleep department if you are breastfeeding than if you are feeding your baby infant formula.
Yup, that's right.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a recent study that looked at sleep patterns for mothers and fathers after the birth of their first child found that families where mum exclusively breastfeeds slept an average of 40-45 minutes more than parents of infants given formula.
To conduct the study, researchers compared exclusive breast-feeding families with parents who used supplementation during the evening or night at three months postpartum. Sleep was measured objectively using wrist actigraphy and subjectively using diaries.
Interestingly, what they found was that parents who supplement their infant feeding with formula (dream feed, anyone?!) under the impression that they will get more sleep, should instead be encouraged to continue just breast-feeding, as they will lose more sleep and experience more sleep disturbance than parents of infants who were exclusively breast-fed at night.
Does this surprise YOU, mamas? Did you supplement breastmilk with a bottle at night for make them sleep more/longer/better? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @Herfamilydotie