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A new study concludes depressed mothers are more likely to wake up their sleeping infants unnecessarily than happy moms.
A new study concludes depressed mothers are more likely to wake up their sleeping infants than happy moms.
The research from Penn State shows that depressed mothers were more likely to interfere with their children's sleep, even though the infants didn't need it, CBS News reported.
Babies who woke up more at night were more likely to have depressed mothers, but the link was not as strong as the depressed moms who woke their children up.
"Especially interesting about this was that when depressed mothers sought out their infants at night, their infants did not appear to be in need of parental help. They were either sound asleep or perhaps awake, but not distressed” said Douglas Teti, associate director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State.
Teti's said unhappy moms go to their babies for their own emotional security or “contact comfort,” The Globe and Mail reported.
The study also cited preliminary data showing that moms with postpartum marital troubles are more likely to share a bed with their babies.
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