Cribs for Kids Statement

on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #6, Revision 2019

Pursuant to the release of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) Protocol #6, Revision 2019, Cribs for Kids continues to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Updated 2016 Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleeping Environment.  The AAP and Cribs for Kids notes that ABM’s Protocol #6 Revision is not a research article.  It is a review of literature that reflects the authors’ interpretation of previously reported data looking at the risk of SIDS if a mother is breastfeeding and bedsharing without other hazards.   With the current state of evidence, Cribs for Kids does not support the authors’ interpretation and does not agree with ABM’s revision statement.  Cribs for Kids, the AAP, and ABM agree that breastfeeding should be strongly encouraged as it reduces  the risk of SIDS.   Bedsharing is not necessary for successful breastfeeding.  Instead as per AAP guidelines, infants should sleep in their parents’ room in their own separate, CPSC-approved crib, bassinet or play yard This arrangement of “room-sharing without bed-sharing” significantly reduces the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.