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The July issue has an article about preventing SIDS. Of course it is very anti-co-sleeping but it doesn't even mention the decreased risk associated with breastfeeding! I know I have read over and over that breastfed babies are at decreased risk of SIDS.<br><br>
Anyway, here is an e-mail if you want to drop them a line and let them know how woefully inadequate their article was: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
ETA: And yes, I know it is a mainstream mag but my hope is that we can at least encourage them to promote bf.<br>
And AUGUST issue (not July).
 

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Is there a link to the article? I'd like to read it before I shoot off an email.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is there a link to the article? I'd like to read it before I shoot off an email.</div>
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I am a bit of a computer-illiterate. I found this on their website, but it does not appear to be the feature article in the August issue. The feature article is much longer and STILL doesn't mention bf!<br><br>
You may have to check it out on a newstand unless someone else knows how to find it online...<br><br><a href="http://www.parents.com/parents/story.jhtml?storyid=/templatedata/parents/story/data/5636.xml" target="_blank">http://www.parents.com/parents/story.../data/5636.xml</a>
 

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Ick, I read it too. Not to mention their huge article promoting drugged births and the whole "why WOULDN'T you want an epi?!" vibe.
 

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I have also read that breastfed babies are at lower risk for SIDS, but I was just reading thru the grief and loss forum the other day and one mother said her baby died from SIDS in her arms while they were asleep and another said she had just nursed her baby and put the dc down for a nap and the baby never woke up. Now I know this is just a few cases but I didn't get a chance to read anymore and I wasn't going to ask them specifics. I'll be honest that freaked me out, the past two days I have been hovering over ds to be sure he is still breathing...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have also read that breastfed babies are at lower risk for SIDS, but I was just reading thru the grief and loss forum the other day and one mother said her baby died from SIDS in her arms while they were asleep and another said she had just nursed her baby and put the dc down for a nap and the baby never woke up. Now I know this is just a few cases but I didn't get a chance to read anymore and I wasn't going to ask them specifics. I'll be honest that freaked me out, the past two days I have been hovering over ds to be sure he is still breathing...</div>
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I am so sad for those poor mamas, I can't even imagine. I tend not to go to that forum unless I have a good reason, because I can't handle reading all the sad stories. Breastfed babies are at a lower risk for SIDS, but that does not make them immune to it. There are all kinds of things that can cause SIDS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I am going send an email to Parents as well. I hate hoe mainstream mags always downplay the benefits of bfing.
 

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Really formula feeding increases the risk of SIDs. Just thought I'd throw that out there, I know that's what you really meant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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SIDS is my greatest fear, always has been. My grandmother had a baby die in arms it completely broke her. my whole family is now very militant about breathing. I babysat as a teen, and I remember checking my 9 year old neice to see if see was still breathing. My sister still checks on her 19year old in the morning. I now check my 1 yr old dd all the time. It hits very close to home.<br>
I feel for these parents.<br><br>
These articles should not be written and published unless they are complete and correct. People out there actually depend on this magazine for information (UGGGHHH) and it makes me angry that they just leave things out.
 

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I was given a subscription to Parents for a few years. When it was over, my MIL asked if I would like it renewed. I thanked her, but said no. All the formula marketing and mainstream views were hard to ignore for the handful of decent stuff in there. I'm not surprised the SIDS article doesn't mention breastfeeding or that co-sleeping is safer. Blah.<br><br>
As an aside, Today's Parent, which is a Canadian parenting magazine, once published an article along the lines of 'The truth about formula'. It was surpringly pro-breastfeeding, or anti-formula. However you'd like to look at it. I was shocked and thrilled all at the same time.<br><br>
Not surprisingly, however, was how there were NO formula ads in the following month's publication. I guess they upset the companies with their truthful article <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Unfortunately, the publication is still rife with formula ads. I don't even bother looking at what's on the cover, as I can't bring myself to support formula advertisements anymore.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I emailed. It does seem like they almost put engery into NOT supporting breastfeeding doesn't??</div>
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It makes sense, when you consider that they're being sponsored by companies whose profits are hurt by breastfeeding and cosleeping.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It makes sense, when you consider that they're being sponsored by companies whose profits are hurt by breastfeeding and cosleeping.</div>
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bingo!<br><br>
They make the most money if you "try to bf" for a few weeks and purchase nursing pads, a breastpump, and other BF paraphanalia, then buy the bottles, formula, sterilizers, etc. They'd also love to sell you a cosleeper (that encourages pseudo co-sleeping) to use for the first few weeks and a crib to use after that.
 

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I definitely plan to e-mail Parents- they send me the mag and I didn't even order it! It maddens me to no end. As far as using a co-sleeper being "pseudo-co-sleeping" I would have to disagree. In my particular situation (We plan to use an Arm's Reach Mini) it IS safer because my DF is an extremely heavy sleeper and doesn't trust himself not to roll over on the baby AND our headboard is wrought iron and a death trap. This probably belongs in a different forum though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OK, my point was simply that most parents don't need any equipment at all for co-sleeping (most, not all) and it's hard to roll over and pop a boob in the baby's mouth when the baby's in a co-sleeper instead of being right in your bed.
 

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That is true, and I hope we don't have too much difficulty. I WISH we could co-sleep all together on the same plane so to speak, but at this point it just is not an option for us...maybe when shes a bit older.
 
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