Officials highlight dangers of co-sleeping with babies
sweet east pearl | May 30, 2008 at 12:47 amby
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Hours after childbirth, Erin Maher lay in bed at Nassau University Medical Center holding her newborn daughter Samantha close when a nurse asked to take the child to the hospital nursery.
"I just kept her on my chest," Maher said. "They kept trying to take her away but I wasn't being separated."
Since then, Maher, 33, of Farmingdale, has rarely spent a night in a different bed than her now 4-year-old daughter, joining other mothers on Long Island and nationwide who sleep with their infant children -- a practice Maher and others say makes breast-feeding easier, helps them sleep and strengthens the child-mother bond.
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