As a mother, you've wrestled with various decisions including whether to use bottle formula and if your little one will sleep with you or in a crib. In fact, in addition to talking with your doctor during prenatal health visits, you've also probably done a bit of research.
However, you may not have stumbled upon a recent Northwestern University study, which revealed that moms who breastfeed but don't sleep with their lovebug have the best stress hormone patterns.
Scientists were looking to see which moms had high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the morning, preparing them for tackling the everyday tasks of motherhood, and whose levels were low at night so that they could get some shut-eye.
Mommas who breastfed and slept without their tiny tots were said to have optimal cortisol rhythm, suggesting that babies aren't the only ones to benefit from their mommy's stress hormone patterns.
"The combination of those two things is also physiologically beneficial for mothers," said study researcher Clarissa Simon, in a statement.
Various studies have shown that breastfeeding is beneficial to the mother and baby. In fact, not only does a mom's milk have important infection-fighting antibodies, feeding your lovebug this way also reduces stress.
And although it can be tempting to share a bed with your infant, scientists and doctors say doing so is not a good idea. In fact, it can result in sleeping problems for the mother, which Simon said was demonstrated by looking at the cortisol levels of the women who participated in the study.
Of course, if you have questions about the best way to get your baby to fall asleep and how to feed him, speak with your doctor as he or she can provide you with information and address any concerns you may have.