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EP 982B - Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Co-Sleeping Questions

Summary: Some pediatric experts firmly direct moms to never put an infant in an adult bed. This generic, “one-size-fits-all” message puts many babies in potentially more dangerous or life-threatening situations.
Air Date: 3/10/20
Duration: 25:39
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: James J. McKenna, PhD
Dr. James J. McKenna directed the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame for 22 years. He pioneered the world's first studies of the physiology and behavior of co-sleeping mothers and infants, and has published over 140 scientific articles in medical and anthropological journals on the topics of co-sleeping, breastfeeding, evolutionary medicine, and SIDS.

He has also authored several books, including Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution, Evolutionary Medicine, Sleeping With Your Baby, and Researching the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The Role of Ideology in Biomedical Science.

A leading authority on breastfeeding in relationship to SIDS and bed-sharing safety, Dr. McKenna is a sought-after speaker at medical, parenting, and policy conferences around the world. He lives in San Diego, California.
EP 982B - Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Co-Sleeping Questions
For most of human history, mothers have effectively combined co-sleeping and breastfeeding to provide for their babies’ social, psychological, and physical needs.

Yet, some pediatric experts firmly direct moms to never put an infant in an adult bed. This generic, “one-size-fits-all” message, and the powerful public health campaigns used to reinforce it, not only frighten parents, but also put many babies in potentially more dangerous or life-threatening situations

Dr. James J. McKenna says that “safe co-sleeping arrangements can actually help protect infants from SIDS or other sleep-related deaths, which are twice as likely to occur for infants sleeping in separate rooms from their parents.”

Listen as Dr. McKenna joins Dr. Roizen to share insights from his new book, Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Co-sleeping Questions, and explain why co-sleeping can be a safe, healthful approach.

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