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After Three Infant Deaths, Coroner Has a Warning For New Moms Using Breastfeeding Pillow

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Moms who use breast-feeding pillows, be warned, it should under no circumstances be used as sleep-support for babies.1

What looking something like those neck pillows we put around our necks on long flights or car rides, this soft-edged crescent-shaped pillow is a fad among mums.

It is used to support their baby while breast-feeding and makes the job much more convenient, so their arms don’t go numb after a while.

Something like an attached bed to their waist, mums strap it around their waist and lay the baby on it as he/she eats.

The problem arose, when that pillow of the day, started being used in as a pillow at night, to prop their baby up in their cribs, while asleep.

In recent events, a coroner in Penn. State, Graham Hetrick, said using the pillow for that reason alone, has caused the suffocation and death of three babies.

This has occurred even though the labels on those pillows clearly warn parents not to let their infants sleep with or on them.

Demonstrating how it happens, he explains, that if a baby is propped up against the pillow, he/she could slide down as they sleep causing their head to droop down and eventually block their airways, leading to suffocation.

The saddest part of the whole situation was that these babies were between two to three months old, so it was close to impossible for them to prop themselves upright again, after sliding down.

In the light of these events, the designer and creator of such nursing pillows is a company called Boppy, who has given some instructions to make sure your baby has a good and safe night’s sleep:

-Make sure your baby sleeps on his or her back on a hard mattress in a sturdy crib.

-There should be no soft toys or pillows in the baby’s sleeping area, this includes Boppy and other nursing pillows.

-Another suggestion by the American Academy of Pediatrics is to suit your baby with warm clothing instead of covering them with blankets.

On a final note, Boppy’s creators advice parents to keep a close eye on their babies while feeding them, to make sure the pillow has not slipped down or is in a position that suffocates the baby even while breast feeding.

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