Bedsharing moms breastfeed longer

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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:53 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Tue Sep 24, 2013.

Despite the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, a new study finds women who share the bed with their baby have a tendency to breastfeed longer.

Using data from the second infant feeding practices study, which followed pregnant women through the first year of their child’s life, University of Maryland researchers found the duration of breastfeeding was longest amongst bed sharing moms. Results also show that it was shortest in the rare or non-bed sharing group.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “room sharing” over “bed sharing.”

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