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API Live - Settling the Cosleeping Controversy with Dr. James McKenna


Get the Facts About Cosleeping, SIDS, Bedsharing and Breastfeeding with special guest Dr. James McKenna - Click to listen now free of charge

Hear hosts Lu Hanessian and Lysa Parker talk with Dr. McKenna about: 

  • Why the cosleeping debate?
  • What if the baby won't transition out of our bed?
  • Can we put the baby in the middle?
  • Can't there be siblings near the baby?
  • Until what age are the guidelines relevant?

    About Professor James McKenna, PhD.

    Dr. McKenna is the Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Chair in Anthropology at Notre Dame University and the Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Anthropology and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, also in Anthropology. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley for two years before accepting a tenure track position at Pomona College in Claremont, California where he taught for 20 years, and won several teaching awards. In 1997, he was recruited by the University of Notre Dame, where he is a Professor and the director of the University of Notre Dame Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory. His areas of interest and expertise are Infant Sleep, Breast Feeding, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Evolution of Human Behavior (especially parenting and infant development). Dr. McKenna is best known for his pioneering studies of the differences between the physiology and behavior of solitary and co-sleeping mothers and infants-and the connection these data might have in addressing SIDS risks. He has published three books, the most recent one titled Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping. In addition, he has published well over 50 peer-reviewed papers on SIDS and co-sleeping.