Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions
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Throughout history and across cultures, sleeping with your baby has been the norm. Yet, in our modern world, the practice is fraught with questions, fear, and guilt. In Safe Infant Sleep, a globally recognized cosleeping authority explores why health professionals broadly recommend against all forms of cosleeping, shares the latest scientific research on the benefits of the practice, and helps you determine the best cosleeping arrangement for your family—from breastsleeping to room sharing.

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Dr. James J. McKenna directed the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame for 22 years, studying the physiology and behavior of cosleeping mothers and infants. He earned a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Oregon, Eugene, and is the leading authority on breastfeeding in relationship to SIDS and bedsharing safety. He has published over 140 scientific articles in medical and anthropological journals and is a sought-after speaker at medical, parenting, and policy conferences around the world. He can be reached at [email protected]

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“This is the most important book you will ever buy or give as a gift to new parents.”
—Jay Gordon, M.D., Pediatrician, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

“An amazing book by the world’s leading expert on mother-infant sleep. It beautifully describes how infant sleep practices can contribute to your baby’s safety and development.”
—Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., co-author of Breastfeeding Made Simple and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep

"As the father of four sons and as a practicing pediatrician, developmental physiologist, and epidemiologist, I can strongly support the ideas presented by Dr. McKenna in this debunking of much of the arrogant, ill-informed, and misleading advice that has in the past been given to parents by professionals who should have known better. I wholeheartedly commend this book to parents and to healthcare professionals."
—Peter J. Fleming, C.B.E., F.R.S.A., Ph.D., M.B.Ch.B., F.R.C.P. (Canada, London), F.R.C.P.C.H., Professor of Infant Health and Developmental Physiology, Consultant Paediatrician, Centre for Academic Child Health, Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol

"[Cosleeping] is not for everyone, but Dr. McKenna has brought it into focus as a good choice for many parents, and has rightly questioned official attempts to suppress it based on rare and avoidable events. In this easy-to-read, thoroughly informed book, parents will find what they need to know to cosleep safely. An important contribution to the literature on baby care, and especially to the attachment parenting movement."
—Melvin Konner, M.D., Ph.D., Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and of Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology, Emory University, author of The Evolution of Childhood

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