Print Edition - 2018-07-19  |  Health and Living

Babies sleep better on solids


Jul 19, 2018-

Babies given solid food plus breast milk from three months sleep better than those who are solely breastfed, according to a new study.

Official advice is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life. Experts say women should still heed this recommendation, although it is under review.

In the study, in JAMA Pediatrics, giving solids earlier than six months had benefits for mum and baby. The babies slept for longer and mothers reported improved quality of life. The study showed that infants in the group who ate solids as well as breast milk: slept longer, woke less frequently and had fewer sleep problems than those who were exclusively breastfed until about six months.

More significantly, the group of babies on early solids reported half the rate of the type of sleep problems, such as crying and irritability, which make it less likely that parents are going to get back to sleep.

Published: 19-07-2018 07:48

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