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Bedsharing: Toward a More Holistic Approach in Research and Practice

Blanchard, Dawn S. PhD, RN; Vermilya, Helen L. BS, RNC, IBCLC


On October 10, 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome made the recommendation that babies should not sleep in the same bed as adults. The purpose of this article is to present a more holistic approach to bedsharing based on the current research.

Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, Pa.

Corresponding author: Dawn S. Blanchard, PhD, RN, 314 Railway St, Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, PA 17701 (e-mail:

The authors were not supported financially by or in any other way affiliated with any of the organizations mentioned in this article.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.