Friday, 4 December 2009

My thoughts on the tragic death of baby on airplane

There has been a lot of press in the last few days about the lady whose baby died of SIDS while on an airplane.

I'm not going to link to the actual news articles because frankly, I am disgusted about how this is being reported. Headlines that blame breastfeeding, when breastfeeding has NOTHING to do with how the baby sadly died. What message will this all give new parents? That co-sleeping is bad, and breastfeeding probably is too, because you might smother your baby.

What message SHOULD we be taking away from this tragic incident? Co- sleeping is safe when done properly. Teaching parents how to co-sleep safely with their babies is more productive than demonizing it.

I also read a comment on Annie's blog above which is apparently an eye witness account of what happened. The mother asked for privacy to breastfeed and was given a whole row to herself. I don't blame the mama in the slightest, as society tells us over and over again that breastfeeding is something that must be done in private, discreetly, etcetc. However I can't help thinking that if breastfeeding in public was more accepted and she was comfortable with breastfeeding with others around her that this probably would not have happened. Falling asleep with a baby on a row of airplane seats is a similar environment to falling asleep with baby on a couch - which is an unsafe sleeping environment.