The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) disagrees with the recent statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about the suffocation risks posed by baby slings. According to ABM, ring slings, which carry infants in an upright position snug against the parent’s chest, protect the baby’s airway. The organization criticizes CPSC for its “blanket warning about all types of carrier slings.”
ABM also disagrees with CPSC’s advice on how to carry a baby safely. CPSC recommends positioning the infant so that the baby’s head is facing up and clear of the sling and the parent’s body. ABM says this position can be risky for a premature infant because it would not support his neck.
Dr. Arthur Eidelman of ABM recommends this position:
* Baby’s face sideways with cheek against the chest
* Baby’s head slightly extended
* Baby’s body, shoulders and face snug so that the baby can’t move
The ABM Web site has the organization’s full statement about the CPSC warning. ABM is a global organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.
If you are using a sling to carry your baby or are interested in using one, please talk to your child’s health care provider about what is best for your baby.