Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It is a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, including words of wisdom and reassurance from mothers, all backed up by the latest research. It's 4 a.m. You've nursed your baby five times throughout the night. You're beyond exhausted. But where can you breastfeed safely when you might fall asleep? You've heard that your bed is dangerous for babies. Or is it? Is there a way to reduce the risk? Does life really have to be this hard? No, it doesn't. Sweet Sleep is within reach.
This invaluable resource will help you:
- sleep better tonight in under ten minutes with the Quick Start guide
- and sleep safer every night with the Safe Sleep Seven
- sort out the fact and fiction of bedsharing and SIDS
- learn about normal sleep at every age and stage, from newborn to new parent
- direct your baby toward longer sleep when he's ready
- tailor your approach to your baby's temperament
- uncover the hidden costs of sleep training and "controlled crying" techniques
- navigate naps at home and during daycare
- handle criticism from family, friends, and health professionals
- enjoy stories and tips from mothers like you
- make the soundest sleep decisions for your family and your life
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At last a book that doesnÕt vilify bedsharing, breastfeeding mothers!!!
Sweet Sleep is not a bible, nor is it a manual. Rather this wonderful, thoughtful, well researched and evidence based book gives information and strategies to make an informed choice on how you as a family can get as much sleep as possible with a breastfeeding baby. <br />What can I say about this book? <br />Succinctly Ð This book is about safely practising normal mummy baby sleeping behaviour and eroding the myths, fears and misconceptions of sleeping in the same bed with your child. In my opinion it is a brilliantly written and researched book that is a must for any prospective parent.<br />One of the first things Sweet Sleep reminds us is that breastfeeding is the biological norm. Therefore the sleeping behaviour of breastfed babies is the norm and it is formula fed sleeping behaviour which is out of kilter. From that point we are given an organised and easy to read collection of evidence based research material and references that also includes personal stories and experiences which we can all relate to.<br />The easy to read format includes boxes that have quick accessible information in bite size chunks that are relevant to the topics discussed on that page. Most chaptersÕ end with a bullet point round up of the information given and the topics discussed. Throughout the book the authors reference previous and forth coming chapters as well as other books, specifically The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. <br />Sweet Sleep starts with ÒThe Safe Sleep 7Ó a quick check list for safe bed sharing. From there it goes to a more in depth chapter on safe bed sharing and baby proofing. Then the science of sleep and what is and isnÕt normal. Sweet Sleep also covers the different ages of the baby right through to toddlerhood, how sleep differs depending on age and what to expect. Sweet Sleep is set out so we as parents can ÔdipÕ into it whenever we need without having to read the whole book in one go- Although I highly recommend reading it from cover to cover first as a lot of the information given in the first chapters does give you that light bulb moment of Òof course that makes sense nowÓ- There is also a chapter titled ÒAlternate RoutesÓ which is for those with babies with more needs, such as babies who have difficulties latching, babies who need supplementation, premature babies and babies with other specialised needs. There is also information for parents of adopted babies who want to bedshare. Like every La Leche League book, Sweet sleep ends with ÔFrequently Asked QuestionsÕ and a collection of ÔTear SheetsÕ which condense a lot of the information into succinct fact sheets which can be cut out and copied to be shared. Something which although small, goes a long way towards assuaging peopleÕs fears and getting information out into the wider domain.<br />I, as a breastfeeding mother highly recommend this book, even if you do not feel you can share your bed as it gives the latest research and findings on baby sleep patterns and can help with the understanding of why babies seem to have no concept of day and night.<br /> I would also recommend that every health care professional that deals with breastfeeding mothers read this book.
Every Mother should purchase this book.
As a midwife, Osteopath and Lactation consultant I am always impressed to read books that are affiliated by La Leche League. This is a no nonsense, evidence based practical book that provides reassurance to parents wanting to bed share in a safe and healthy environment. I would not hesitate to recommend this book. Easy to read any time of the day and night, you will not be disappointed. Staying attached and attuned to your baby is the underlying philosophy of a successful breastfeeding journey.
Proof that sleeping with your baby is normal!
If you're struggling with lack of sleep with your new baby or wondering whether it is safe to sleep with your breastfed baby and go against current opinion, then this is the book for you. Finally, a sensible book taking normal biology and recent research into account, full of ideas for sweet sleep for both you AND your baby. The fact that it is written in tells-it-how-it-is plain language and comes from the well respected La Leche League International is a double bonus. Sweet Sleep has the same authors (plus one) as The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and is written in a similar styleÑ answering all your frequently asked questions head on with a balance of common sense, mother's stories and evidence based research.<br /><br />The four authors have all been breastfeeding mothers, breastfeeding counsellors and lactation consultantsÑputting them in a perfect position to understand the confusion and exhaustion surrounding caring for a new baby, and to share tried and tested sleep solutions backed by scientific research.<br /><br />Chapter one gets straight into the heart of The Safe Sleep SevenÑa checklist for safe sleeping for the breastfeeding mother and how to make your bed as "SIDS-safe as a cot". I like the fact we don't have to wade through the book to know the jist of the message:<br /><br />ÒIf you and your baby meet the requirements in the Safe Sleep Seven checklist you've already eliminated all the biggest SIDS risks. And if you prepare your bed, then your baby's overall nighttime risk becomes vanishingly small. It's like putting your seat belt on and then driving slowly on a deserted (and lovely!) country road. Enjoy having your baby beside you for the journey.Ó<br /><br />All the questions you will have about sleeping safely are covered e.g. Is it safe for your baby to sleep on his tummy on his mother or father? How can you check if your mattress is a safe surface? Are sleep positioners safe or a hazard? Is sleep training harmful? Is white noise harmful for tiny ears? Can my partner bed share with our baby? What does research say? What about public health cautions that bed sharing is risky?<br /><br />ÒBabies are no more manipulative in seeking warmth, breastfeeding, and emotional connection than an adult is in seeking a heat source, dinner, and friendship. Mothers are no more wishy-washy in "giving in" to a baby's needs than a friend is wishy-washy in giving you a hug when you're feeling down.Ó<br /><br />Because the book is quite long it's good to know that you can dip in and out of chapters as you need them without necessarily reading the whole. However, by reading the book cover to cover you won't miss all the fascinating tips and snippets such as 'two sleeps biology', why your baby doesn't need scratch mittens, why breastfeeding pillows could be a hazard, the reassuring table of sleep temperaments and traits or the important difference between Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB). At the back of the book is a "Tearsheet Toolkit" with summaries of the Safe Sleep Seven, The Safe Surface Checklist, Helpful Websites or Bedsharing Talking Points (and more) to serve as personal reminders or for sharing with your in-laws, doctor or childcare provider. These are also available online at the La Leche League International website.<br /><br />Ò...we're recommending that all breastfeeding mothers prepare for bed-sharing whether or not they ever intend to do it, since 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.Ó<br /><br />Even the most passionate protestor against bed sharing will find it hard to argue against the research, logic and common sense within the pages of Sweet Sleep. It's valuable reading for every mother to be, father, health worker, grandparent and not forgetting Daily Mail editor. Because sleeping with your baby is not newsworthy or scandalous, it's normal.<br /><br />From http://breastfeeding.support/sweet-sleep/
Humane and holistic sleep advice
This isn't just a book on sleep, it's a book on mothering your breastfed baby. <br />I wish I'd had it with my first baby, to give me the confidence to bring him into my bed; now, with the second, it's reassuring me that this is the best choice, is perfectly safe and is part of the way that I mother him. <br />Lots of accurate and up to date information on the science of bed-sharing, along with some brilliant sections on what normal infant sleep looks like. And it's all expressed so warmly, like being talked to by a good reliable old friend.<br />Unless you have completely ruled out the idea of bed-sharing, I couldn't recommend this highly enough.