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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Prof Helen L. Ball

Ball, H.L. (2012). The latest on bed-sharing and breastfeeding. Community Practitioner 85(1): 29-31.
  • Publication type: Journal Article
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1462-2815

Author(s) from Durham


Questions regarding mother-infant bed-sharing have been the subject of many research articles over the past 20 years. Recent research has tackled specific questions regarding hazards and benefits of parent-infant sleep contact. To help health professionals keep up to date with recent research knowledge, this review summarises advances in our understanding of bed sharing and breastfeeding based on new studies published over the last 3–4 years, particularly focusing on studies relevant to the UK population. Although questions about infant sleep location still remain, identification of bed-sharing risks, and strategies for their avoidance, are beginning to be clarified.