New Book from Praeclarus Press, The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep, Provides Current Findings On Bedsharing, Breastfeeding, Sleep Training and Normal Infant Sleep

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New parents are often concerned about whether bedsharing is safe, whether sleep training is harmful or a good idea, and whether their babies' sleep is normal. In a new book by Praeclarus Press, The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep, leading experts in the field of mother-baby sleep summarize the current research on each of these topics.

The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep

Parents and practitioners need to make informed, evidence-based decisions about mother-infant sleep.

Many new parents worry about their babies' sleep. Is it safe to sleep with their babies or does it increase the risk of SIDS? Is sleep training necessary? Is it safe or is it harmful? When should babies start sleeping through the night? Is it OK for babies to continue feeding at night or to fall asleep while breastfeeding? New parents need guidance on these issues that is based on current research. A new book from Praeclarus Press, The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep: Current Findings on Bedsharing, Breastfeeding, Sleep Training, and Normal Infant Sleep, 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 this book 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?

Sleep-Training and Cry-It-Out Techniques

  • Do they 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 i s 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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