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Contact: 847-519-7730: Mary Lofton , <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>, ext. 271; Mary<br>
Hurt , <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>, ext. 286, or Katy Lebbing , <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>,<br>
ext. 245.<br><br>
Schaumburg, IL (October 2005) La Leche League International (LLLI) is<br>
concerned about the October 10, 2005 policy statement on Sudden<br>
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) issued by the American Academy of<br>
Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS. The recommendations about<br>
pacifiers and cosleeping in the statement reflect a lack of basic<br>
understanding about breastfeeding management.<br><br>
Pacifiers, which are recommended in this policy statement, are<br>
artificial substitutes for what the breast does naturally. Breastfed<br>
babies often nurse to sleep for naps and bedtime. The recommended<br>
pacifier usage could cause a reduction in milk supply due to reduced<br>
stimulation of the breasts and may affect breastfeeding duration.<br><br>
LLLI recognizes that safe cosleeping facilitates breastfeeding. One<br>
important way cosleeping can help a mother's milk supply is by<br>
encouraging regular and frequent feeding. Well-known research on safe<br>
cosleeping practices by Dr. James McKenna, Director of the<br>
Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at Notre Dame University was<br>
disregarded by the task force.<br><br>
Also, the obvious omission of input by the AAP's Section on<br>
Breastfeeding may account for the fact that breastfeeding management<br>
issues were not taken into consideration. Dr. Nancy Wight, President<br>
of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine , comments that this<br>
statement "represents a truly astounding triumph of ethnocentric<br>
assumptions over common sense and medical research." Dr. Wight also<br>
states, "There are many physician members of the AAP who do not agree<br>
with these recommendations."<br><br>
Although the authors do state that breastfeeding is beneficial and<br>
should be promoted, their recommendations about pacifier use and<br>
cosleeping could have a negative impact on a mother's efforts to<br>
breastfeed. The statement causes confusion for parents and falls<br>
seriously short of being a useful and comprehensive policy.<br><br>
LLLI, a non-profit organization that helps mothers learn about<br>
breastfeeding, has an international Professional Advisory Board. The<br>
LLLI Center for Breastfeeding Information is one of the world's<br>
largest libraries of information on breastfeeding, human lactation,<br>
and related topics. Monthly meetings are offered to pregnant women<br>
and nursing mothers and babies to learn about breastfeeding<br>
management. To find local groups call 800 LA LECHE or visit<br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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