by Terri LaPoint, Health Impact News
As long as parents have been having children, babies and parents have been sleeping together.
“Co-sleeping,” as it is called now, has been a normal part of life across the majority of the world’s cultures, throughout all of human history. It is only in modern times that babies have been expected to sleep in a crib, separated from the warmth and comfort of their mothers’ breasts.
Now, the practice is frowned upon by some doctors and experts, and it is even being used as justification for Child Protective Services (CPS) to take babies away from their parents.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly warns against co-sleeping, and some have termed it “child abuse,” connecting it to SIDS and even perversion and sexual abuse.
These assertions fly in the face of the attachment parenting model as well as the practices of millions of parents world-wide. Proponents of co-sleeping cite many valid health and emotional benefits of co-sleeping.
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