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Bed-sharing, breastfeeding and maternal moods in Barbados.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17138305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bed-sharing among Barbadian mothers and infants was studied in relationship to maternal and infant characteristics. This prospective study followed 226 healthy, well-nourished mother-infant dyads at birth, 7 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months postpartum. At each age, approximately half of the infants shared the same beds as their mothers. Bed-sharing was associated with demographic characteristics, especially fewer home conveniences, and also maternal characteristics, including less information seeking by the mother and younger maternal age at first pregnancy. Bed-sharing was also associated with lower infant birth weights. Maternal moods were significantly correlated with bed-sharing, such that mothers who reported having more despair and anxiety were also more likely to sleep with their infants. Bed-sharing was also significantly associated with increased breastfeeding at all infant ages, but this relationship was no longer significant once the effects of maternal moods were controlled. This study emphasizes the importance of assessing maternal moods in studies evaluating the risk and benefits of bed-sharing.
Janina R Galler; Robert H Harrison; Frank Ramsey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-08-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-01     Completed Date:  2007-02-22     Revised Date:  2008-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  526-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, United States. <>
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MeSH Terms
Affect* / physiology
Barbados / ethnology
Breast Feeding / ethnology,  psychology*
Follow-Up Studies
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Behavior / physiology,  psychology*
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors
Sleep* / physiology
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