Turns out that if a baby wakes frequently in the night and demands to be nursed, his mom doesn’t much feel like making any more babies!
Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) April 25, 2014
If you’re like most new parents, things are probably pretty quiet in the bedroom. And if your love life isn’t what it used to be, a professor from Harvard University thinks he knows why.
David Haig, a professor of Evolutionary Biology, recently published a paper suggesting that a baby who wakes frequently in the night keeps his mother both exhausted and infertile.
Now, this may not be good for mom and dad’s love life, but it might have helped our ancestors survive.
Author and baby sleep expert Dana Obleman explains, “Think of it this way: For most of human history, life has been pretty tough. You had to hunt for your food, you had to avoid predators, and disease was pretty much everywhere.”
“I mean, it’s tough enough being a new parent in 2014… and we’ve got supermarkets, doctors, and locks on the doors. Imagine what it must have been like back in the 'caveman' days!”
“So keeping ONE baby alive was a full-time job. If mom and dad decided to have ANOTHER baby? Well, your chances of survival have probably been cut in half.”
So what’s a baby to do?
Obleman continues: “It turns out that if a baby wakes frequently in the night and demands to be nursed, his mom doesn’t much feel like making any more babies!”
“The frequent night wakings mean she’s exhausted. Plus, nursing stops many women from ovulating… so even if the parents DO decide to have to sex, chances of conception are much lower.”
Baby: 1 -- Parents Love Life: 0.
About The Author: Dana Obleman is the author of The Sleep Sense Program which has been used by more than 32,000 families to get their children sleeping through the night. You can get a free sleep assessment for your child by clicking here or visiting her website at http://www.sleepsense.net.