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Why babies should never sleep alone: a review of the co-sleeping controversy in relation to SIDS, bedsharing and breast feeding.
It is hoped that the studies and data described in this paper, which show that co-sleeping at least in the form of roomsharing especially with an actively breast feeding mother saves lives, is a powerful reason why the simplistic, scientifically inaccurate and misleading statement 'never sleep with your baby' needs to be rescinded. Expand
Mother-infant cosleeping, breastfeeding and sudden infant death syndrome: what biological anthropology has discovered about normal infant sleep and pediatric sleep medicine.
Two decades of research examining parent-infant sleep practices and the variability of maternal and infant sleep physiology and behavior in social and solitary sleeping environments are reviewed, employing a biocultural approach that integrates diverse lines of evidence. Expand
SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: Is Infant-Parent Cosleeping Protective?
- J. Mckenna
- 21 October 1996
A survey of cross-cultural data and laboratory findings suggest that where infant-parent cosleeping and breastfeeding are practiced in tandem in nonsmoking households, and are practiced by parents specifically to promote infant health, the chances of an infant dying from SIDS should be reduced. Expand
The Evolution of Allomothering Behavior Among Colobine Monkeys: Function and Opportunism in Evolution
- J. Mckenna
- 1 December 1979
It is hypothesized that, relative to the Cercopithecines, the dental morphology and digestive system of the Colobines produced food-acquiring and food-processing advantages that reduced intragroup feeding competition and, concomitantly, reduced the importance of status differences between females. Expand
Bedsharing promotes breastfeeding.
It is suggested that, by increasing breastfeeding, bedsharing might be protective against SIDS, at least in some contexts, and maternal reproductive physiology could be impacted because nursing frequency affects ovulation. Expand
There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping
A new concept, ‘breastsleeping’, is proposed to help both resolve the bedsharing debate and to distinguish the significant differences of the breastfeeding–bedsharing dyad when compared with the nonbreastfeeding–bed sharing situations, when the combination of breastfeeding– bedsharing is practiced in the absence of all known hazardous factors. Expand
Infant arousals during mother-infant bed sharing: implications for infant sleep and sudden infant death syndrome research.
It is speculated that the observed changes in stage 3-4 sleep and arousals associated with bed sharing might be protective to infants at risk for SIDS because of a hypothesized arousal deficit. Expand
An anthropological perspective on the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): the role of parental breathing cues and speech breathing adaptations.
- J. Mckenna
- Medical anthropology
Night waking among breastfeeding mothers and infants Conflict , congruence or both ?
- J. Mckenna
Thank you for the privilege of commenting on David Haig’s interesting and timely proposal ‘Troubled sleep: night waking, breastfeeding, and parent– offspring conflict’. Haig’s main hypothesis,… Expand
Sleeping with baby: an internet-based sampling of parental experiences, choices, perceptions, and interpretations in a western industrialized context
Mothers and infants sleeping within proximity to each other (co-sleeping) represents normal, healthy, and expectable human behaviour, especially if mothers breastfeed. Yet, western health officials… Expand