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Study: No Extra Sleep for Formula vs. Breast-Feeding Moms

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Moms-to-be thinking of going the formula route in hopes of gaining some extra zzz’s each night may want to think again.

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, a mother who breast feeds and one who formula feeds will get about the same amount of sleep each night. “The perception is that the breast-feeding mom is up day and night, always breast-feeding,” Miriam Labbok, director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was quoted as saying in Pediatrics. “But when you’re bottle-feeding, you’re up day and night always bottle-feeding, too,” she continues.

Hawley Montgomery-Downs, an assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the behavioral neuroscience program at West Virginia University in Morgantown and the study’s lead author explained in the article that while “there is some small evidence that infants who are breast-fed sleep less, no one has ever looked at the mother’s sleep until now.”  However, after conducting the study, which tracked new moms’ sleep habits using a watch-like monitoring device over a period of 2 weeks after baby’s birth to 12 weeks, ”we found absolutely no difference in the mother’s sleep based on how babies were fed,” said Montgomery-Downs.

These new findings come as music to breast-feeding advocates’ ears–they’re, of course, hoping undecided moms-to-be will now be swayed toward the idea that breast is best, and in doing so, allow their babies to reap the many health benefits natural feeding is shown to provide. Regardless, the good news is that when it comes to sleep for mom, breast and formula are on equal footing.

Does this new study change your mind on breast feeding vs formula feeding? Share your thoughts with us!

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The Demands of Motherhood

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

People have been raising a lot of questions lately about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain’s pick for VP.  Here’s one that—despite being politically incorrect— I feel compelled to ask:  What does she think of her role as a mother? 

Believe me, as a working mom, I realize the danger in judging how another woman chooses to conduct her pregnancies and care for her kids.  But pretty much every mom I know realizes that motherhood is a demanding job that involves some serious compromises.  That’s why I have to wonder: What was Palin thinkingwhen she went back to work three days after her special-needs baby was born?  And when she decided to take on what is arguably one of the most demanding jobs in the world when she has a special-needs infant and a pregnant teen—not to mention three other kids? 

I think, at very least, Palin needs to address the question of who is going to be there for her children and what sort of support she’ll have to her so her family can remain a top priority. And then this: Is maternity leave a good idea, or should women who give birth be expected to just take a couple of sick days and head back to the office? 

I’m not the only one wondering about these things.  Read this.  And this.  And this and this.

Would we ask these questions of a man?  Absolutely, if he was the one who had given birth and had the capacity to breastfeed a child.  Let’s face it: Mothers and dads don’t play identical roles in their child’s life, particularly during infancy.  It seems to me that ignoring that fact diminishes the importance of motherhood in our society and deprives working mothers and their children of the support they deserve—and they need.

But maybe that’s an old-fashioned and sexist way of looking at things.  I’d love to hear what you all think.

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