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CPSC issues warning about baby slings for carrying young babies, how this relates to breastfeeding.

Pictures of right and wrong way to wear baby.
Pictures of right and wrong way to wear baby.
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For those of you who breast feed while wearing your infant in a sling, you need not worry. This warning is specifically speaking about bag slings. Not ring slings. You can still safely carry and breastfeed your child while wearing him or her in your ring sling, wrap, or pouch. As always, your child should be positioned properly, high and tight against your body, well above your belly button. Breastfeeding while wearing your child can be such a wonderful experience. Imagine being out in the grocery store, wearing your baby, and s/he becomes hungry. No need to stop what you are doing, you can breastfeed while finishing the shopping and no one will be any wiser that you are feeding your baby. An additional plus is that baby will likely fall asleep afterward, allowing you to slip him gently into the car seat and drive home. You may even get to unload the groceries while she sleeps! There are excellent resources for purchasing wraps, ring slings or pouches in Manchester, NH. The Manchester chapter of Le Leche League sells slings and a portion of the cost of the slings they sell goes toward funding the local chapter. You can contact one of the Manchester LLL leaders at JodieLLL@comcast.com. Tiny Totland in Manchester sells a wonderful selection of slings and pouches! There are also local Stay at Home Mothers ( SAHM) who make ring slings for sale, you can even customize the fabric and color of the metal ring slings used to make your own custom sling when purchasing a sling from one of these SAHMs! One such sling maker is MimiSparklePixie Designs. You can email them at mimisparklepixiedesigns@gmail.com.

"Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2010
Release #10-165 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC Warning About Sling Carriers for Babies

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age. In researching incident reports from the past 20 years, CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.

Slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.

Many of the babies who died in slings were either a low birth weight twin, were born prematurely, or had breathing issues such as a cold. Therefore, CPSC urges parents of preemies, twins, babies in fragile health and those with low weight to use extra care and consult their pediatricians about using slings.

Two months ago, the Commission added slings to the list of durable infant products that require a mandatory standard. Additionally, CPSC staff is actively investigating these products to determine what additional action may be appropriate. Until a mandatory standard is developed, CPSC is working with ASTM International to quickly complete an effective voluntary standard for infant sling carriers.

CPSC recommends that parents and caregivers make sure the infant’s face is not covered and is visible at all times to the sling’s wearer. If nursing the baby in a sling, change the baby’s position after feeding so the baby’s head is facing up and is clear of the sling and the mother’s body. Parents and caregivers should be vigilant about frequently checking their baby in a sling.

CPSC is interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are directly related to infant slings. You can do this by visiting www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772.
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