The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep, a New Book Published by Praeclarus Press, Offers Evidence-based Guidance on Bedsharing, Sleep Training, and Normal Infant Sleep

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New parents are often confused and concerned about their babies' sleep: bedsharing, breastfeeding, night waking and sleep training are common parent concerns. The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep offers guidance to parents and practitioners, and provides a summary of recent research on many aspects of mother-infant sleep.

Mother-infant bedsharing can be safe. It can also promote breastfeeding and enhance bonding, while allowing both mother and baby to get enough sleep.

New parents often worry about their babies' sleep. Is bedsharing safe or does it increase the risk of SIDS? Is sleep training safe or is it harmful? When should babies start sleeping through the night?

New parents and practitioners need evidence-based advice, not hype and scare tactics. The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep: Current Findings on Bedsharing, Breastfeeding, Sleep Training, and Normal Infant Sleep, a new book published by Praeclarus Press, addresses these questions and more. Edited by Dr. Wendy Middlemiss and Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, the book features chapters by leading experts in mother-infant sleep from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

The goal of the Science of Mother-Infant Sleep is to bring together recent evidence about the safety of sleep practices so that parents and professionals can make informed, evidence-based decisions. The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep is a collaborative project by an international working group of experts on mother-baby sleep. Topics include:

What should parents avoid and how can they make it safe?
Does it increase the risk of SIDS?
What is its impact on breastfeeding?

Does it impact infant health and development?
What should parents know?

Involving Parents in Decisions about Infant Sleep
What is normal infant sleep?
How can parents calm a crying baby?

Wendy Middlemiss, Ph.D., CFLE, is associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. Her work encompasses research examining the effect of different childrearing approaches and exploring how to share this information with families and communities to promote infant, child, and family health.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, RLC, FAPA is a health psychologist, IBCLC, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and is President-Elect of APA’s Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and owner of Praeclarus Press.

Praeclarus Press is a small-press specializing in women's health located in Amarillo, Texas. Praeclarus Press publishes books, webinars, and white papers about women's health across the lifespan.

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