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The sleep of toddlers hides many mysteries. According to this study, baby crying is linked not to hunger or the dirty diaper, but to a much more surprising reason!

Do you often wonder why your baby continues to cry despite having taken his small bottle? Hunger may not be the only motivation for these cries of distress! According to a study published by Oxfort Academic, crying babies can be due to a reluctance to have a brother or a little sister. The study indicates: "All of these observations are consistent with the hypothesis that waking up at night to breastfeed is an adaptation of infants to prolong the lactating amenorrhea of ​​their mother, thereby delaying the birth of a younger brother and improving infant survival. " Also, according to this research, breastfed infants would wake up more easily at night than bottle-fed infants.

According to this study to take with tweezers, breastfeeding would also cause postpartum infertility which would prevent women from getting pregnant. Consequently, the more intense the breastfeeding, the more this infertility could extend over time, between 6 months and 2 years. Note that breastfeeding is not a reliable method of contraception. To sum up, if the baby is breastfed, he wakes up at night to cry and this cycle is repeated daily, it is possible that the parents cannot conceive a child during this time.

For psychic causes, the reason for these tears is said to be due to fear. Infants would feel the fear of being abandoned, as researcher Robert Trivers notes: “The parent-child conflict can be considered as a manifestation of rivalry between siblings (which parents easily recognize) mediated by the preemption of parental investment. " To reduce fears, it is important to reassure your baby as much as possible and to show him that he will always be at the center of your priorities, even with a new member of the family.

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by Suruthi SRIKUMAR