Many families feel uneasy about sharing aspects of their parenting style with their Healthcare Professional, including their sleep arrangements. Others end up bed-sharing in a situation where it was unplanned but is the only response they can think of to soothe an upset baby and an exhausted mother. The ‘Safe Sleep 7’ leaflet offers a ‘research-based framework for discussions about nighttime safety and a way to evaluate the risk in each family’s situation.’
And even better, the leaflets cost a total of 1p for a pack of 50! You can order them here or simply download the file and use it as a poster, a handout, a discussion aid or in any other way it will facilitate open discussion with mums and mums to be. Why not share with us how you have used it on Facebook or twitter.
Buy their ground breaking book from our Shop.
I need some sleep! is great to share with sleep deprived mums – it contains lots of ideas that have worked for others.
Safe Sleep and the Breastfed Baby
Letting Babies Cry – the Facts Behind the Studies
The Reasons Why Night Waking is the Biological Norm
Sleepy Baby – Why and What To Do
Barbara Higham, LLLI Managing Editor of Breastfeeding Today asks “Have you ever been to an LLL meeting at which sleep didn’t come up in conversation? No, me neither. It frequently tops the list of many parents’ challenges throughout the early months and years of their children’s lives. The common misconceptions—that breastfeeding is exhausting and that babies can be trained to sleep when you want them to—lead to unsettled nights for many. In the popular mythology surrounding infant sleep, breastfeeding is frequently singled out as the scapegoat. In Breastfeeding Today, LLL aims to help you slumber a little more soundly. We publish features backed by recent evidence-based research and mothers’ stories that illustrate the wisdom behind the science.”
Professor Helen Ball, whose research in hospitals and the community examines sleep ecology and contributes to national and international policy and practice guidelines on infant care, wrote the preface to Sweet Sleep from LLLI, “the first and most complete book for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research”. Her work features in Infant Sleep and Bedsharing Babies.
“Bed-sharing is a common means by which new parents cope with the sleep disruption that is an inevitability of life with a new baby”.
You can read lots more about sleep and night-times in these Breastfeeding Today posts:
Breastfeeding is Good for Mothers Too
Cry It Out
In the Still of the Night
Never Let Me Go
Nighttime Parenting: Baths, Boobies, & Bedsharing
Nursing My Baby to Sleep
Pacifiers: The Impact on Breastfeeding
Should I Night Wean?
Sweet Sleep (author interview)
The Safe Sleep Seven
Why Breastfeeding Is Good for Mothers’ Mental Health