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Safe Infant Sleep Practices: Integrating Breastfeeding & Safe Sleep
Stacy Scott, Ph.D., MPA, Senior Project Director, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)
Lorena Kaplan, MPH, CHES, Safe to Sleep® Campaign Lead, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health
October is Safe Sleep and SIDS Awareness Month. Approximately 3500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and SIDS disproportionately impact families of color, especially black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and low-income families. Learning about safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers. Families do not see feeding and sleeping as separate tasks—these are the two biggest challenges in caring for a new infant. Consistent, integrated messaging about safe infant sleep and breastfeeding is key. Families need full information and opportunities to openly discuss their concerns about safe sleep and breastfeeding recommendations with knowledgeable professionals and service providers so they can make informed decisions about their caregiving.
During this session, we will hear about the HRSA/MCHB-funded National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) initiative, led by National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ). With a coalition of over 50 national stakeholder organizations, including Federal partners, NAPPSS-IIN is making infant safe sleep and breastfeeding the national norm by activating systems, supports, and services to systematically work together. Understanding the factors that influence parent and caregiver behaviors will help providers develop risk reduction strategies in partnership with families. We will learn about NICHD’s Safe to Sleep® campaign, and the #SafeSleepSnap toolkit, launched this month. Active participation in the #SafeSleepSnap photo activity by individuals and organizations can help strengthen social norms around safe infant sleep by raising awareness of safe sleep environments and breastfeeding.