Date: November 2017

Speaker: Emily Scott, MD

Description: Maternity Centers work every day to promote safe sleep practices and exclusive breastfeeding. Both significantly impact infant mortality rates and the health outcomes of the newborn. Both exclusive breastfeeding and safe sleep practices are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, concerns have been raised that some practices that support the initiation of breastfeeding in the newborn nursery may lead to unsafe sleep practices and infant harm. Skin to skin care and “rooming in” have particularly been scrutinized for their safety. In this presentation, we will explore the AAP recommendations for safe sleep and breastfeeding. We will review literature on how both practices contribute to the prevention of infant mortality and improving health outcomes. We will discuss barriers hospital staff face in promoting these practices. We will review a recent AAP clinical report detailing how to practice breastfeeding-friendly care in the newborn nursery while maintaining a focus on safe sleep promotion.

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