The Truth about Co-sleeping

absolutely delighted now it's rejoined

by okay we kind of professor welcome

Thank You Steven very nice to see you


now we're talking about co-sleeping what

do you mean by coasting co-sleeping is

not the radical concept most people

think it refers to any situation in

which a mother or baby or a caregiver

mom dad or mother but anyone actually is

in sensory range of their baby enough so

that each the baby and the parent can

exchange signals and cues sensory

modalities like touch and smells and

visual inspects etc so as many cultures

as there are in the world there are as

many ways to Co sleep but the

requirement is a caregiver that is

concerned with the baby and is within

sensory range so that they can detect

and respond to the baby's needs babies

rely on that don't know yes they do

human infants are born with only 25% of

their brain volume at birth and the

least neurologically immature of the

primate the more of the dependence on

the caregiver insofar as regulating the

physiology of that particular infant and

human babies take the reward for having

the greatest needs insofar as tactile

and sensory exchanges with a caregiver

because they are so immature but in our

society it's not always looked upon as a

good thing nope it's not often looked at

as a good thing only because there is a

confusion between the ways in which one

Co sleeps and the act of Co sleeping

itself everybody would agree that it's

important for babies to sleep within

proximity of the mother what the debate

is all about is whether the baby should

be in the bed with the mother and there

in your looking at the conditions within

which the baby can be in bed with a

mother breastfeeding babies have a very

different physiology and have a

different sort of behavioral pattern

with their mothers than a bottle feeding

baby in bed with a mother so I for

example if I'm asked would say well it's

much safer for a breastfeeding baby to

be in

bed with him other than a bottle feeding

baby our laboratory studies have shown

for example that the breastfeeding

babies sleep is very light they wake up

a lot they're very sensitive to the

movements and the activities of the

mother and vice-versa the breastfeeding

bed cheering mother is very sensitive to

her baby she arouses within two seconds

of the baby arousing for example and she

sleeps in lighters sleep which means

she's much more aware where the baby is

and what you know the baby might need or

her positionality with respect to the

baby so it tends to prevent that kind of

rolling over in fact we've been able to

discover a kind of a universal position

that mothers assume when they're in a

better on the same surface but their

babies they kind of arch their baby's

arch around their babies on their sides

and the babies fall underneath the moms

sort of tricep at mid-level to the chest

so the baby can get to and from the

breast how does your work or how would

you like your work to actually affect

public policy and and the discussion on

this well there hasn't been too many

voices as you probably know Steve

advocating an informed choice to sleep

with your baby I don't recommend that

everyone jump in bed with their babies

because it's complicated right how the

parents feel whether it is safe whether

they're aware of what the safety factors

are but what's happened in our culture

is right now if there are campaigns

against any and all bed sharing where an

80% of all breastfeeding mothers are in

bed with their babies because

breastfeeding and bed sharing or Co

sleeping it happens to be beds in our

culture but co-sleeping are functionally

interconnected our studies have shown

for example that mothers breastfeeding

doubles or triples when they're with

their baby they actually even in light

of that they get more sleep rather than

less sleep and the babies cry less and

the babies get more sleeping they're

very happy so it's just the way in which

that system works and the reason our

culture kind of evolved or developed

this notion that was bad to sleep with

babies since we were a bottle feeding

culture and you know Freud was around

telling everybody that you're gonna

sexualize your baby if you have too much

contact with the baby what we obviously

didn't take any anthropology because if

it's anything that

dates are it's contact seekers because

of this neurological immaturity there's

no way you can prevent a baby from

seeking contact with its mother because

that's what's in the baby's best

interest well thank you very much indeed

for joining us today we appreciate that

thank you

thanks for the good question