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Sleeping With Your Baby: Science and New Guidance from Experts

Let’s talk frankly about how you feel about sleeping with your baby. Maybe you’ve heard that sleeping with your baby is a bad idea—even dangerous. Maybe you’re afraid to tell anyone you really do sleep with your baby. Maybe you’re vaguely aware of the recommendations issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics over the past several years. But have you read the new statement on sleeping with your baby published by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine? And if you’re a provider, are you wondering what to tell your patients?
Join Marie and her special guest, Helen Ball BSc, MA, PhD, who was an author for the new protocol just issued by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Ball debunks the popular myths, gives clear insight into the research and rationale used to create the protocol, and she gives some simple tips on how to safely sleep with your baby. As always, this episode is not medical advice—but gives information to help you make your own decisions about sleeping options.


  1. MaryJo Coleman

    So difficult when the facility you work at promotes NO bedsharing! when teaching breastfeeding classes, and the community you work in has SIDS deaths even when breastfeeding…..

    • Marie

      Oh, I hear you, MaryJo! I admit, I miss the hospital every day of my life, but I do NOT miss having to teach to “the party line”. I don’t miss that at all! As for SIDS deaths in breastfed infants: This doesn’t help you much at your facility, but do try to remember the right words. Breastfeeding does not “prevent” SIDS. Breastfeeding has a “protective” effect. And, as you probably know, some deaths are labeled SIDS when in fact they are something else. We’ve made a little progress here in the United States in the last several decades, but not nearly enough. Would be interested to hear from my international readers.

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