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Study Finds Advising Against Bed Sharing Does Not Discourage Breastfeeding

A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that, contrary to some experts’ fears, advising parents not to share a bed with their infant does not appear to discourage new mothers from breastfeeding. The study was published online in Academic Pediatrics and conducted by researchers at Boston University, the University of Virginia and Yale University. The researchers conducted a nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 mothers and found that the majority — 65.5 percent — reported room sharing without bed sharing, while 20.7 percent reported bed sharing. Thirty percent of women reported exclusively breastfeeding; among these women, 58.2 percent shared rooms, but not beds. More information is available on the National Institutes of Health website.