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Ladies who give birth for the first time are new to every experience related to the child. They want everything to be right for the newborn. During the initial months, new mothers face problems of having their child waking up in the middle of the night and crying for no reason.
It becomes hectic for the lady to take care of the baby at every hour in the night. It is every mother’s dream to have their baby quiet in her sleeping time at least. So, here is a study that can help you in the same.
A recent study has found that babies sleep for longer hours at night if they are given solid food earlier. Government advice to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months should be reconsidered, experts say.
The study was conducted on the results shown by 1303 babies, who had all been breastfed to the age of three months when the trial began. Half the babies were just breastfed and the other half were introduced to solid food with breastmilk.
It was seen that the solid group slept for 16.6 minutes longer on an average per night, around two more hours per week. They also woke on average 1.74 times per night, compared with more than twice in the breastfed only group.
Mums in the solids group also reported a better quality of life and improved sleep.
Figures show three in four British mums ignore the government guidelines and have fed their tots solids before five months.
A quarter say they thought it would help their baby sleep better.
Study leader Professor Gideon Lack said: “The results of this research support the widely held parental view that early introduction of solids improves sleep.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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