AAP suggests "room-share", not "bed-share" while breastfeeding

AAP suggests "room-share", not "bed-share" while breastfeeding (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - October is “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” Awareness Month and there's a new important warning for new moms.

SIDS is often not something connected with breastfeeding, however the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says that breastfeeding can put babies at risk so they put out new guidelines offering practical information to help moms breastfeed safely.

The reason the AAP is cautioning new moms is that a recent study published in the Journal Pediatrics showed that almost 70 percent of infant deaths occur with bed sharing or “co-sleeping” on a sofa or chair, which is quite often where breastfeeding occurs.

Since moms say they do this to get some sleep, the AAP is asking parents to remember they are putting children at risk when they share a sleep surface, such as a couch or chair.

They suggest parents room share instead, so that mom can keep her baby close, and pick the baby up only to breastfeed,

They also say if you do breastfeeding in bed at night, keep the bed free of pillows blankets and sheets or anything that could potentially suffocate a baby if you do sleep.

Moms should only sleep with a small pillow and even tie back long hair.

It's suggested if you do fall asleep while breastfeeding that you move the baby back to a safe sleep place as soon as you wake up.

They say if you can nap when baby naps in the day it will also help the exhaustion

If you do fall asleep while breastfeeding, always move the baby back to his/her safe sleep space as soon as you wake up.

Try to develop the habit of sleeping during the day when the baby sleeps.

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) promotes the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents so they may reach their full potential. The Ohio AAP works to accomplish this by addressing the needs of children, their families, and their communities, and by supporting Chapter members through advocacy, education, research, service, and improving the systems through which they deliver pediatric care. For more information, visit THIS LINK
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