The Bedsharing Controversy

There has been much controversy over whether infants should co-sleep or bedshare with an adult caregiver and over whether such practices increase the risk of SIDS or fatal accident.

However, despite opposition from medical authorities or the police, many western parents are increasingly adopting night-time infant caregiving patterns that include some co-sleeping, especially by those mothers who choose to breast feed.

For more information, read the links below.

The American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on bedsharing: Changing Concepts on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The response to the Academy's statement, which was published in Archives of Diseases in ChildrenNew Knowledge, New Insights and New Recommendations: Scientific Controversy and Media Hype in Unexpected Infant Deaths, by P. Fleming, J. Blair and J. McKenna, 2006.