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Diane Wiessinger

The Safe Sleep Seven: Middle Ground for Safe Infant Sleep

  • Speaker: Diane Wiessinger , MS, IBCLC, LLL Leader
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

Many health care workers advocate a no-bedsharing policy, no exceptions. Others recognize that most breastfeeding mothers will share sleep with their babies at times, safely or unsafely; may even have bedshared themselves; and feel they lack the tools to help prevent unsafe shared sleep. Still others recommend safe bedsharing as the normal and easiest way to meet a baby’s needs and facilitate breastfeeding. The Safe Sleep Seven offers a middle ground: Seven research-supported criteria which, if met, offer a level of bedsharing safety equivalent to crib safety. For those mothers who don’t meet the criteria, it provides a simple way for them to make educated decisions about their family’s nighttime parenting. And it helps every non-bedsharing breastfeeding mother “child-proof” her bed so that it is as safe as possible if there’s a night when she just can’t stay awake to nurse.