Pablo Iglesias duerme con sus hijos: beneficios y contraindicaciones del colecho

  • Pablo Iglesias has stated that he sleeps every night in the same bed as his children

Pablo Iglesias, former Vice President of the Government and former Secretary General of Podemos has just made public an aspect of his life unknown until now. The university professor, who has resumed his classes at the Complutense, does not usually talk about his private life, however, he has just made a small exception when he confessed in an interview for the YouTube channel ‘Radio La Pizarra’ that he co-sleeps with his children, that is, he sleeps in the same bed as them.

Everyone knows that Pablo Iglesias and the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, they acquired a luxurious villa in Galapagar years ago, with 268 m2 built on a 2,000 m2 plot. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, fireplace, garden with orchard and even a small shack as a guest house. An ideal house for your children to run and grow and, however, at least at night, they do not take advantage of or take advantage of all the possibilities that it offers them.

The family life of Irene Montero and Pablo Iglesias with their three children

And it is that, as Iglesias himself has confessed, Irene Montero, the twins Leo and Manuel, three years old, and little Aitana, of two, they sleep together in the matrimonial room. This is what he himself has assured in an interview with Alfredo Serrano Mancilla for ‘La Pizarra’, to whom he has revealed that because of the “fault” of the children he does not sleep well many nights.

However, Paul does not understand raising his children without co-sleeping. And although he understands that at some point they will have to leave the family bed, for him and for the Minister of Equality this is a privilege, despite the bad nights. “Me I sleep with my children and when they make the night more restless or have more interruptions, I remember more (…) when your children wake you up very often, of course you remember, “he says while talking about” dreams. ”

The house of Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero in Galapagar

I sleep what my children let me sleep. Now more, because the older ones are already 3 years old and the youngest two and they are already sleeping better. But we sleep with themSo when they wake up, they want water, they have a nightmare or whatever, you’re with them, “he says.

“The normal thing when you sleep with children is that you do it a little worse, but it is also very addictive. The night that I am not hugging one of them is difficult for me. I dont complain. Not sleeping because you sleep with your children is to some extent a relatively pleasant thing, “he says while revealing a part of his unknown paternal side.” It has nothing to do with insomnia due to stress or any other type of problem, “he adds while He confesses that during his years at the helm of politics he has also experienced several episodes that have taken away his sleep.

What is co-sleeping? The practice that Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero carry out with their children

Co-sleeping is the increasingly widespread practice in which babies sleep with one or two parents in the same bed. With newborns it is something much more common, especially during the breastfeeding period, although there are more and more families, such as Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero, who lengthen this period and continue to sleep with their children over 3 years old.

Between the Benefits, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics highlights the improvement of rest in the little ones, “who learn maternal rhythms and, consequently, their way of sleeping is more similar to that of an adult, facilitating mutual self-regulation, very necessary for the proper growth of their child.” In addition, they highlight that the continuous contact between parents and children, favors the development of the affective bond, the baby’s well-being, neural development and the ability to respond appropriately to stressful situations. Recent studies show that the closeness of the child and the mother facilitates the maintenance of breastfeeding.

As published by the Federation of Associations of Midwives of Spain, the anthropologist and expert in infant sleep James McKenna assures that “when practiced safely, co-sleeping with breastfeeding represents a highly effective, adaptive and integrated child care system that can improve the attachment, communication, nutrition and immune efficiency of the infant through increased breastfeeding and increased parental supervision and mutual affection that accompany this practice. ”

Be that as it may, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics, as well as many other pediatric institutions and societies, including the Working Group for the Study and Prevention of Sudden Infant Death, also warn of the dangers that this practice may entail, since there are numerous epidemiological studies linking co-sleeping with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) due to suffocation or crushing.

Recommendations for parents who bet on co-sleeping

In this sense, the Breastfeeding Committee and the AEP’s Sudden Infant Death Working Group has drawn up a series of recommendations so that those parents who want to practice it are informed about certain circumstances that may pose a greater risk to children if co-sleeping is practiced, mainly among children under the age of 15. 6 months old.

“The safest way to sleep for infants under six months It is in their crib, on their back, near their parents ‘bed or in’ sidecar ‘cribs that can be joined to the parents’. There is scientific evidence that this practice reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by more than 50%“, they advise from their website, where they have also prepared a brief list in which they contraindicate the practice of co-sleeping in very specific cases:

  • Infants under three months of age
  • Prematurity and low birth weight
  • Parents who use tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or sedative drugs
  • Tired situations, especially extreme tiredness, such as the immediate postpartum
  • Co-sleeping on soft surfaces, water mattresses, sofa or armchairs
  • Sharing a bed with other family members, with other children, or with multiple people
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