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The truth about late night feedings

The 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey found

The 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey found moms do the majority of the feedings while their partner sleeps through it. Credit: Fotolia

More than 90 percent of moms say they take on the majority of late-night feedings, whether their baby is breast or bottle-fed, while their partner sleeps through them, according to the 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey.

In fact, 44 percent of parents suspect their partners have pretended to be asleep to avoid late night feedings. The truth? More than one-third of dads surveyed (about 38 percent) admit they have actually done so, but only 28 percent of moms say the same.

About 1,000 parents participated in the survey and provided more details on what goes on during the wee hours of those late-night feedings. Here are some more interesting facts:

-- Although late-night feedings put added strain on new parents, the bonding between parent and child during the wee hours is worth the lack of sleep. The majority of parents (75 percent) report those late-night feedings have deepened the bond between them and their babies.

-- Nearly all moms (98 percent) and dads (94 percent) who check social media while feeding baby in the middle of the night report Facebook as the social network they are most likely to visit. That's where the similarities end, as half of dads are most likely to check Twitter (48 versus 23 percent of moms) and YouTube (45 versus 25 percent of moms); whereas moms are more likely to check Pinterest (38 versus 16 percent of dads).

-- Three-quarters of dads who browse the Internet while feeding baby in the middle of the night are most likely to visit a sports-related website (79 versus 17 percent of moms) or a general news site (73 versus 48 percent of moms), while moms who browse are most likely to visit parenting (89 versus 49 percent of dads) or retail websites (77 versus 58 percent of dads). 

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