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People Harshly Criticize Mother For Co-Sleeping After Photo Is Posted Online

A recent Facebook post from a husband praising his wife for “snuggling” with their children, a practice known as “co-sleeping”, is leading to a huge controversy online.

Oklahoma City dad David Brinkley posted a pic of his wife Alora napping with their baby and 2-year-old son, he had no idea it would go viral and be seen by hundreds of thousands of people, and lead to some critical words from experienced moms and child care experts.

“Do I have to squeeze into a small corner of the bed sometimes? Yeah? But my God how beautiful does she look holding my children?” Brinkley noted in the post that was shared by over 500,000 people.

However, a lot of viewers were opposed to the idea of sharing a bed with the baby, and the thousands of critical comments eventually led Brinkley to take down his post. 

“This is dangerous for the baby,” one FB user wrote. “Babies should sleep alone, on their back, in a crib. Remember the A< B< Cs of safe sleep.”

“Co-sleeping is not safe,” another said. “Children get rolled on all of the time, and this type of behavior creates children who can’t sleep on their own without touch!”

Other parents disagreed, and some shared other pics of their families co-sleeping.

“Co-sleeping happened for thousands of years until we became a ‘civilized’ society and put the kids at the other end of the house!” one poster stated, going on to claim “it calms the kids and the mothers and encourages somewhat deeper sleep.”

Co-sleeping has been a controversial parenting topic for decades now, and some child care experts claim the benefits outweigh the very slight risks. The mainstream medical advice is that co-sleeping should be avoided because of a risk of suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Note that Susan Castellano, the maternal and child health director at the Minnesota Department of Health, says that parents should follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission and American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP) infant sleep guidelines.

Both of these organizations advise against sharing a bed with an infant as it may lead to accidental suffocation and boosts the risk of SIDS.

Source: CBS News
Photo: Love What Matters/Facebook, D. Sharon Pruitt/Wikipedia, You Tube

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