Extra Information For Families

Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mom and baby, including:

  • Impact on infant health: reduced risk of SIDS, infections, diseases, childhood cancer, diabetes, etc.
  • Impact on maternal health: reduced risk of breast/ovarian cancer, heart disease, diabetes, postpartum depression, etc.

But, there are some risks for safe sleep involved while breastfeeding a baby. Breastfeeding is soothing for baby but also for mom because the baby is calm and quiet. Safe sleep tip: While breastfeeding, set a timer as a reminder to place baby in crib if you become drowsy.

A pacifier can be introduced once breastfeeding has been established.

Do not use pacifiers with strings and toys attached while infant is sleeping.


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Vaccinations and SIDS

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect their children from 14 diseases before they reach the age of two.

Vaccines work with the body's natural defenses to help babies and children safely develop immunity to some serious diseases, and can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Akron Children's Hospital and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend vaccinations for infants' health and immunity to diseases. The link (below) provides a chart for when infants and children should be receiving their vaccines.

Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2020

Here is a link to information for Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics offices for families to become established, and receive these vaccination services.


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Take the Quiz

TRUE or FALSE: Practicing safe sleep, breastfeeding, and not smoking help decrease the risk of SIDS




Who should caregivers educate on the ABCs of safe sleep?







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