Breastfeeding benefits outweigh sleep detriments

Researchers analysed the sleep patterns of 4500 infants, finding that at six months of age, breastfed infants were 66% more likely to wake during the night and 72% more likely to have difficulty sleeping alone but were less likely to wheeze, cough, or snore. 

“In order to maximise the health benefits… professionals and parents need to adopt more realistic expectations of infant sleep patterns informed by the biology of infant sleep architecture and breast milk production and composition,” the authors wrote. 

J Paediatr Child H 2013; online 21 Jan