Originally Posted by TripMom
I have a question -- is the main criticism that people don't feel the research was well done and thus the conclusion is not warranted? Or -- do people just not like the conclusion whether the research is sound or not?
The research is not sound because the AAP report is lumping together unrelated causes of infant death:
Here are the facts given by the AAP. Let's separate them:
1- SIDS is a mysterious cause of death that can apparently be reduced by sleeping in proximity to parents and sucking during the night
2-Infants can be suffocated if they sleep with other people who are vastly overweight or impaired by substance use.
3- Infants can be sufforcted if they sleep with other people on upholstered furnture.
In 2002, 2,295 babies died from SIDS per 100,000 live births
In 2002 949 babies died from accidents per 10,000 live births
Guess what those accidents were? The answer is, they were car crashes, not accidental suffocation in a bed.
How many infants suffocate accidentally in a bed or sofa? The answer is, about 100 every year. How many of those accidents can be eliminated by advising against substance use and sofas? The research says, pretty much all of them.
What that means is that "banning" co-sleeping won't reduce SIDS, and more importantly, it won't reduce suffocation either because the deaths are caused by substance abuse and falling asleep on furniture (more likely considered "naps" than sleeping)