Relationships between breast-feeding, co-sleeping, and somatic complaints in early childhood

Elisabeth Maria Peters, Joanne Marie Lusher, Samantha Banbury, Chris Chandler

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The central aim of this study was to expand a limited body of knowledge on the complex relationship between breast-feeding, co-sleeping, and somatic complaints in early childhood. An opportunity sample of 98 parents from the general population with children aged 18 to 60 months consented to participate in the study. Each parent completed a series of questionnaires measuring somatic complaints, sleep problems, co-sleeping, breast-feeding, and demographic factors. Findings indicated that co-sleeping was associated with increased somatic complaints and that breast-feeding associated with decreased somatic complaints. Co-sleeping also was found to be associated with an increase in sleep problems. Boys demonstrated significantly higher levels of sleep problems than did girls. These findings highlight the relationship between co-sleeping during early childhood, which could have implications for prevention, treatment, and intervention regarding somatic complaints and sleep problems in early childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-583
Number of pages10
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number5
Early online date23 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • breast-feeding
  • co-sleeping
  • somatic complaints
  • sleep problems
  • early childhood
  • amamantar
  • co-dormir

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