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Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep

Breastfeeding has many benefits. It also works together with safe sleep to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-related infant death. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies are fed human milk exclusively for six months and continuing to 1 year and beyond extends the benefits. Families can also keep baby safe during sleep by following the infant safe sleep guidelines. The resources below will help you learn more about breastfeeding and safe sleep and find support. 

Breastfeeding & Safe Sleep
Resource that covers how breastfeeding reduces a baby’s risk of sleep-related infant death.

Ready, Set, Baby
An online guide to welcoming your new baby, including how to prepare for your baby, breastfeeding basics, and more.

Baby Eating and Sleeping: What is Normal?
Resource that covers realistic expectations for baby’s sleep and eating patterns.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding
Guide that has how-to information and support to help parents breastfeed.

Safe Sleep Resources by County
Find local community agencies and health departments that promote infant safe sleep and provide resources to professionals and families.

Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines
Learn more about the safe sleep guidelines and why they are recommended.

Breastfeeding Support
Locate local breastfeeding support.