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Commentary on: Paul IM, Hohman EE, Loken E, et al. Motherinfant room-sharing and sleep outcomes in the INSIGHT study. Pediatrics 2017;140:e20170122.
Implications for practice and research
Solitary infant sleep and early consolidation of infant sleep are not biologically appropriate.
In practice, judgement around infant sleep may create stigma and limit productive patient-provider engagement, a trademark of family-centred care.
Effective communication of risk reduction strategies for night-time parenting is vital.
Sleep research with biological measures integrated with observations, actigraphy and qualitative data is needed.
Night-time parenting is a critical part of life that is understudied. The need to improve the evidence base for health recommendations so that parents have improved opportunity for informed decision-making is urgent. Currently, too little attention is paid to safe postpartum interactions. Mothers are cautious about reporting issues such as infant sleep in clinical visits.1 Fear-based messaging about infant sleep locations can …
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