Friday, November 09, 2007

Tuscon speaks out on co-sleeping!!

Thanks to Laura Aldag for her Guest Opinion on co-sleeping. (http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/opinion/68115.php) Her opinion may be driven by the realities of the millennia of co-sleeping, but it also should be noted that breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS by at least 40% (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality meta-analysis, 2007); there has been no study that shows any increased risk of SIDS with the healthy breastfeeding co-sleeping as described by Laura. In fact, researchers such as Jim McKenna and Helen Ball would argue that safe co-sleeping is quite possible.Let's stop painting everything in black and white, solidarity vs co-sleeping, and begin to recognize that there are probably thousands of co-sleep patterns, many of which may be safer than solitary sleep. We simply do not as yet have any study that fully examines this issue, and we should not generalize to all forms of co-sleeping from the limited data that are available today. In other words, let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater....Let's not throw the baby out of bed based on incomplete research on SIDS.

1 comment:

Jen O'Quinn said...

Thank you for posting about the meta-analysis of SIDS. It will be a great day when pediatricians connect the dots...co-sleeping facilitates breastfeeding, breastfeeding reduces SIDS, therefore co-sleeping reduces SIDS...but will it ever happen?

Jen O'Quinn