If I’m breastfeeding, is it ok to nurse my baby in my bed?

Sheree Young, RN, CPLC, talks about breastfeeding babies in bed. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

If I’m breastfeeding, is it ok to nurse my baby in my bed?

For moms who are breast feeding, it’s perfectly okay if they would like to nurse in bed but once mom starts to get drowsy or a little sleepy, please put the baby back into his/her crib.

 

Breastfeeding is one of the things that mothers can potentially do to decrease the risk of SIDS. Babies may be brought to bed for feeding but should always be returned to their own separate sleep spaces when feeding is completed.

Because of the potential increased risk of accidental suffocation or SIDS and its relationship to bed-sharing, some health care professionals don’t recommend breastfeeding a baby in one’s bed, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund [Add off-site icon with alt tag: You are leaving the Premier Health website, link to https://www.unicef.org/ in a new window]. However, if mothers do choose to breastfeed in bed, it’s important that the baby is returned to its sleeping area once he or she has finished feeding, according to UNICEF.

For more information about breastfeeding and safe sleep, talk to your doctor.

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