Why it is important to present all the facts about the legitimate functions and affirmed benefits of breastsleeping

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Reply by the current authors to the comments made by G. Wennergren (see record 2016-00182-006) on the original article (see record 2016-00182-005). The authors are completely perplexed by the recent commentary by Wennergren that accompanied our article entitled 'There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breast leeping'. Wennergren claims that the authors completely dismiss or ignore other bed sharing outcome research including his own and one by Carpenter et al. that led them to conclude that across all mother-infant dyads, the safest place for babies under three months of age to sleep is necessarily in their own cot. And, yet, of the 3,279 words in the main text of the paper, 872 words were spent describing the specific findings that cover the facts about bed sharing he claims are missing. But after data summarization, which led them to reaffirm the Swedish SIDS recommendations, the authors themselves report, many key social factors including sleep position, pacifier use, and elicit drug or alcohol use were not available all of which, the authors pointed out, are known to significantly determine SIDS risks. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • James J. McKenna

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