Special Event Announcement!

Dr. McKenna invites you to consider registering for a chapter by chapter discussion of his recent book  "Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions." Every Sunday throughout October, 6:00 pm US EST. For further details and registration please click here: httsp://lactalearning.com/book-group/safe-infant-sleep


New Book

New book by Dr. McKenna on infant sleep, breastfeeding a new concept called "breastsleeping" and its relationship to maternal and infant health. Here you will find up to date answers to many of your cosleeping questions. More information on the book can be found here:  SafeInfantSleepBook.com.

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Co-Sleeping With Infants: Science, Public Policy, and Parents Civil Rights, with James McKenna, PhD

Professor James J. McKenna’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory studies how sleeping environments reflect and respond to family needs—in particular how they affect mothers, breastfeeding, and infants’ physiological and psychological well-being and development.

Using traditional anthropological and medical research techniques, the laboratory cuts through myths and controversies to provide scholars, parents, and the news media with accurate scientific information on a variety of sleeping arrangements, including safe co-sleeping practices. Included in the articles that are available to download are discussions of what constitutes, from a biological perspective, normal, healthy infant sleep. This perspective offers a major corrective to more traditional infant sleep models promulgated in western societies.

Dr. McKenna's complete vita and select vita are available for review, and parents and health professionals may find particularly helpful several video interviews with Dr. McKenna and PowerPoint presentations based on recent lectures both in the U.S. and abroad. 

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Nov. 2017 Conference: Back (and Forward) to the Future

June 27, 2017

We are excited to announce the program for our 2017 November Conference!

Back (and Forward) to the Future
Introducing Revolutionary Insights into Breastmilk and Breastsleeping Biology, Culture and Behavior

Recent Publications

Newest Publications:

2022 Barry, Elaine and James J. McKenna. Reasons to Bedshare: A Review of Effects on Infant Behavior and Development. Infant Behavior and Development 66 (2022)101684

2022 Alanna Rudzik, Cecelia Tomori James J. McKenna and Helen Ball. Biocultural Perspectives on Infant Sleep. The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. Sallie Han and Cecilia Tomori *(Eds.) Routledge :New York and London,pp 559-583

Newest Article:

Potential Evolutionary, Neurophysiological, and Developmental Originsof Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Inconsolable Crying (Colic): Is It About Controlling Breath? by James J. McKenna, Wendy Middlemiss, and Mary S. Tarsha

There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping by James J. McKenna and Lee T. Gettler.

Acta Paediatrica

Exciting new concept, "breastsleeping" introduced by McKenna and Gettler in peer-reviewed commentary, Acta Paediatrica. (Abstract available in link).

Night waking among breastfeeding mothers and infants: Conflict, congruence or both?  James J.McKenna


New edited volume on human infancy and more optimal developmental settings.

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