Originally Posted by rachelsmama
You're right, unfortunately there are some situations where a baby can end up dead because of the crying, and take a bunch of people with him. It's not common, but it can happen, which is why all these absolute statements like "Breastfeeding in a moving car is never safe and is always a bad idea." have so little credibility and are so ineffective at swaying those of us who have seen a driver's skills steadily decline due to distraction as we try every way imaginable to soothe a screaming baby. Because of the enormous forces involved in a collision, even at low speed, I'll put my efforts into avoiding collisions in the first place.
That's very naive IMHO. The blanket statement of "Breastfeeding in a moving car is never safe and is always a bad idea" is supported by all kinds of research. Anyone working with car seat safety or just car safety know this very well. It's also common sense. You may be the worlds greatest driver but you're not alone on the road. You many not make a mistake but someone else may be drunk, asleep at the wheel, get a flat tire, loose control in rain/snow or crash into you while texting/talking on phone/changing radio station, etc.
Kids can and do of course distract us while driving and doing other things. Riding with a child in a lap, regardless of speed, or having an adult without seat belt nursing is always the worst choice. ALWAYS. This is not subjective, it's basic safety. Not understanding this is Someone who can't handle distractions from a child should then not be driving. It's really very simple.
|Do they collect data on sources of distraction for every crash in Sweden?
In Sweden we do deep studies of accidents involving fatalities of children. Not just some accidents, every single accident. We focus a lot on safety for kids in cars and this is very helpful. We look at doctors reports, police, ambulance, background, car, etc. Greatest conclusion is as usual that rear facing is incredible and it's almost impossible for a child to die or become seriously injured while rear facing. Which is my we keep our kids RF to age 4 or longer.
I'm not sure how deep we go for every single crash which is non-fataland I agree that it could be difficult to find out exactly how distracting a child can be and what really happened in an accident. It can imagine lots of subjective interpretations.
Our research show clearly that drivers are far more distracted when children are in the back seat.
|The only thing I can't help but think about when I read this though is that if it's truly such a risk to babies to have a driver distracted by them crying and the other people in the car why don't we see more real life evidence of that in Sweden?
Which is partly why we use the front seat extensively in Sweden for children of all ages. I know that most airbags can not be deactivated in US, like in Europe, but this doesn't change the fact that the front seat is an excellent place for a child as long as airbag is not active. People in US believe front seat is a death trap, regardless of airbag active or not, when it actually offer great safety. This has been proven by research and real life experience many years ago. Again, airbag must be deactivated.
RF in front seat just as safe as the rear regardless if child is rear facing or forward facing due to many factors. Rear facing in front seat with airbag turned off is actually safer than the rear thanks to many factors. Anyway, children are far more calm in front seat which of course make driver less distracted. Driver can see child in peripheral vision and doesn't need to look back all the time. Parents feel calmer since they can see their baby in peripheral vision
KirstenMary summed up nursing with a baby in the car pretty well I think:-) It's not safe and has never been safe. Trying to make up various excuses why it's a good idea just show how difficult it is for parents to understand car seat safety properly.