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Is it a good idea to nurse my baby to sleep?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
Pediatrics 20 years experience
No: The key to infant sleep is teaching your baby to fall asleep on his or her own. Infants who fall asleep at the breast, or in your arms, have trouble staying asleep for long periods and often have overall poor sleep. I recommend a good, stable bedtime routine, similar bedtime ( sometime between 7 and 9), and putting the baby in his or her crib before they are totally asleep. Be consistent.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Studies show an increase of sleep disturbance in infants fed to sleep by 400% during their first 4 years.
Apr 23, 2014
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Very early on, your baby may nurse and then immediately fall asleep. This is really very normal. However, as your child gets older and becomes more alert, it is best for her to nurse and then be put to sleep while sleepy but in an awake state. This is to avoid sleep problems later on as some babies will require being nursed in order to go to sleep (a problem that is a bit more challenging to fix).

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Is it a good idea to co-sleep with my baby?

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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 9 years experience
No: The aap does not reccomend it, due to hundreds of reported deaths, and the majority were infants young than 3 months. Most causes include suffocation when the baby gets trapped against a matress, pillow or headboard or rolled over by and adult or older children.

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