Originally Posted by ErinYay
It is somewhat interesting (okay, a lot interesting) that room-sharing and breastfeeding are both also big SIDS "preventions," but back-to-sleep is what Americans cling to as the saving grace.
Yes! Isn't it interesting that we hear soooo much about back to sleep in the news and all over the internet, but we never hear about how research has shown that breastfeeding can reduce your risk of SIDS by 50% as well. How much money do you think the formula companies pay to keep that as quiet as possible? Even on websites, "back to sleep" gets the main headline, while breastfeeding is mentioned as a side note at the bottom.
My son sleeps on his tummy right next to me. He is breastfed and he still wakes up every 1.5-3 hours to eat. The only difference is, when he sleeps on his tummy, he looks content and like he's getting good sleep in between feeds. When he's on his back, he kicks around and seems really restless the whole time, startling awake and fussing.
Perhaps a formula fed baby is more likely to just continue to sleep on their tummy because they don't wake up hungry as often and therefore remain in that deep sleep for too long during that critical 2-4 month time frame? Maybe formula fed babies would be better off on their backs but BF'd babies are ok on their tummies.
But if this is the case, would formula companies want you to know this? Especially given the info that Tom so kindly brought to light in his post about how back sleeping could be potentially dangerous. If every baby were breastfed and laid to sleep on their tummy, would that have lowered the SIDS rate by the same amount as BTS while at the same time eliminated the risks associated with back sleeping? Which corporations would have a vested interest in keeping that kind of information a secret?
Personally, I think babies were "meant" to sleep either on their tummies on their parents' chests or side facing in the parents arms. But flat on their backs with their arms flailing and the backs of their heads pushed against a firm surface doesn't look quite right to me. This is obviously my opinion.
And no, this is not about me wanting more sleep for myself! My main concern is about the quality of sleep my baby is getting.
Tom, thanks so much for weighing in on this! It is clear you have put a lot of time and effort into researching this and I appreciate you sharing what you've come up with!