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Publishers Weekly
May 30,2014
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family  La Leche League International, Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman

In 2010, La Leche issued The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which became the breast-feeding bible for many new mothers. In their latest book, the organization again challenges existing wisdom while offering an essential guide for parents. The premise is simple: “research finds that most breastfeeding mothers do sleep with their babies at some point and preparing for bedsharing is safer than accidentally falling asleep together.” In fact, “Part V: Sleep Science” addresses current sleep research and should calm lingering concerns about the safety of bed sharing. The core of the book offers detailed, practical advice on bed sharing and breast-feeding, with basic guidelines for safe bed sharing outlined in seven steps (“The Safe Sleep Seven”). Parents need to be nonsmoking, sober, and breast-feeding, while babies should be healthy, unswaddled, and on a safe surface. The five steps for making a surface safe are also succinctly discussed, and the book details how to implement a safe sleeping plan under a variety of circumstances, from working the night shift to dealing with pets on the bed.

Publishers Weekly’s Childcare & Parenting feature highlights SWEET SLEEP
Mar 07, 2014
How to Parent? Hard Science, Light Humor: Parenting Books 2014 By Kathryn E. Livingston

Another evergreen topic for parents is sleep. Nearly every breastfeeding mother owns a dog-eared copy of the La Leche League classic The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. This summer comes the La Leche title Sweet Sleep(Ballantine, July), which, according to Marnie Cochran, executive editor, Ballantine Bantam Dell, will be the nursing mom’s sleep bible. The book’s four authors present the “Safe Sleep Seven,” a list of rules for safe co-sleeping for babies and breastfeeding moms, “developed from a very rigorous review of the research.” Says Cochran, “Most parents want science-based information. The first thing they ask is, ‘What’s the neuroscience on that? What does the science say?’ That’s legitimate and these authors are giving it to us.” Sleep is a vital touchstone, and a root cause and solution related to so many other issues in childrearing, Cochran points out.

Peggy O'Mara
July 11, 2014
Top Sleep Books

...a brand new book from La Leche League, Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Nap Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. Authored by veteran La Leche League Leaders, Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith and Teresa Pitman, this book is a welcome sigh of relief in the sleep category. Because it is intended for breastfeeding families, Sweet Sleep acknowledges the fact that breastfeeding moms bedshare with their babies and it helps parents sort out all of the anxious sleep advice they get.

Sweet Sleep covers sleep through toddlerhood, probably because after that it starts to be less of an issue. The book is divided into five sections: "Sleeping Better, Mothers and Babies Together," "Sleep and Bedsharing Practicalities," "Sleep Ages and Stages," "Safe-Sleep Science," and "Help." Chapters include "The Safe Sleep Seven," "Normal Sleep," "Sleep Personalities and Places," "Bedsharing Controversies and Commonsense," and "Defusing Criticism." The Tearsheet Toolkit is an appendix.

Sweet Sleep has lots of helpful information and tips. From the introduction:
After analyzing the research and talking with researchers, we’ve developed the Safe Sleep Seven: seven very clear criteria that address the risks of Sudden Infant Syndrome (SIDS, or crib death) and suffocation. Meeting all seven means that your baby’s risk of SIDS when he’s sleeping next to you in your bed is no greater than when he’s alone in his crib. And following this books Safe Surface gudelines hugely reduces any breathing risks no matter where your baby sleeps.

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