Letters Supporting parents worried about their newborn’s sleep

Parents worried about their newborn’s sleep need professionals to support, not patronise, them

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3033 (Published 15 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3033
  1. Nisar A Mir, consultant paediatrician1
  1. 1Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Warrington WA5 1QG, UK
  1. nisar.mir{at}whh.nhs.uk

Ball’s editorial falls short of supporting parents by suggesting that parents need to learn coping strategies.1 The paper also implies that parents of breastfeeding infants are more likely to struggle with interrupted sleep.1

Parental expectations of babies’ sleep patterns have changed little in the past few decades. Many parents are pleasantly surprised and sometimes worried if the infant doesn’t wake …

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