Maternal and Child Heath

Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Myths and Facts

More than 3,600 babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly every year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation. Many of these deaths are preventable. Talking with families and caregivers about common myths and facts on creating a safe sleep environment and breastfeeding can help more babies sleep safely.

Pediatricians, family physicians, and other health care providers can use these documents during conversations with families to address myths and facts about safe infant sleep and breastfeeding.

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