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Infant Sleep Lecture Pack

Where should an infant be sleeping, and what does normal infant sleep look like? Infant sleep is always a hot topic for parents, and health care providers need to be ready to provide evidence based answers to their questions. This special add-on package brings together the leading researchers and experts in the field and allows health care professionals to delve deeper into the latest research on infant sleep.

$75.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 5.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (5):
Duration: 60 mins
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA
Mother-Infant Sleep Location: It's Not as Simple as it Seems
USA Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Objective 1: Describe the ways that infant sleep location varies by ethnicity in the U.S.

Objective 2: Describe how income, partner status, employment, income, and education influence infant sleep location.

Objective 3: Understand the interaction of feeding method and sleep location on maternal sleep and mental health.

USA Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Policy makers often describe mother-infant sleep in fairly black-and-white terms, and try to condense their message into a single declarative statement: don’t sleep with your baby. Recent research, however, shows that mother-infant sleep is considerably more complex than it is usually portrayed. This presentation discusses new findings from the U.S. sample of the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue (n=4789). These findings describe the groups most likely to bedshare including differences by ethnic-group, income, employment status, partner status, maternal age, income, and education. There are substantial ethnic-group differences on the percentage of mothers who feed in chairs and recliners (e.g., African American mothers have very low rates of these dangerous behaviors). There are also large ethnic-group differences in where mothers and their partners think babies should sleep, and this will govern behavior. Using the full sample of the Survey (N=6410), this presentation also examines sleep location by feeding status. Breastfeeding/bedsharing mothers do the best of all groups on measures of sleep, depression, and anxiety. In contrast, formula-feeding/bedsharing mothers do worse on every measure, suggesting that bedsharing while breastfeeding is a very different physiological condition to bedsharing while formula-feeding. In summary, the findings of both analyses suggest that a single message for all groups will not be effective. It is important to take into account the many different ways that mothers and babies sleep in order to promote safe mother-infant sleep.

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Duration: 66 mins
Understanding Infant Sleep: Translating Research to Supportive Approaches to Sleeping, Feedings, and Well-Being

Wendy Middlemiss is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. She has conducted research and engaged in applied education practices in the areas of infant sleep, parent education, and family well-being. Her academic training and research has crossed areas of family-community interaction, developmental theory, and educational psychology, all with a focus on how to share information in a manner that supports children’s and families’ development. Dr. Middlemiss has completed research in New Zealand and Australia and has formed research exchange programs in these countries. Dr. Middlemiss’ work focuses on how to construct culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate educational or intervention programs. Dr. Middlemiss has been a CFLE for over 20 years.

Objective 1: To able to identify normative infant sleep behavior, essentials for safe infant sleep practices and SIDS risks, essentials of healthy sleep care approaches.

Objective 2: Adapt normative and healthy sleep approaches across a diversity of family situations and goals with the objective of maintaining infant health and safety.

Objective 3: Identify essential sleep approaches that support breastfeeding and mother’s responsiveness


Understanding infant sleep patterns and how they will change in the first year, was well as whether certain patterns could be cause for concern, is important in helping parents create supportive care practices in the first months and year of life. With this understanding, then, practitioners and parents can use the information about what is essential to create healthy, personally viable care practices. In this presentation, we will identify normative sleep and feeding practices, identify what is essential for infants, examine current research findings and often-heard parenting advice, and translate this information into best practice by focusing on how parents can use this information to provide developmentally supportive care. This will provide parents and practitioners the tools to adapt practices to infants’ needs across family settings. Parents with different family and infant needs can find ways to adapt the essentials of care to support their child.

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Duration: 59 mins
Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader
The Safe Sleep Seven: Middle Ground for Safe Infant Sleep
USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is a co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of La Leche League International’s Sweet Sleep Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. She is also a co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of LLLl's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and journal articles and essays on latching, lip ties, D-MER, motherhood in other mammals, and breastfeeding language. Diane self-publishes more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers. She has spoken in over 40 states and provinces and in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Objective 1: List two maternal and/or infant nighttime behaviors that differ according to feeding methoList four of the criteria used in the Safe Sleep Seven.

Objective 3: Explain why preparation for bedsharing is important child-proofing for all infants.

USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Many health care workers advocate a no-bedsharing policy, no exceptions. Others recognize that most breastfeeding mothers will share sleep with their babies at times, safely or unsafely; may even have bedshared themselves; and feel they lack the tools to help prevent unsafe shared sleep. Still others recommend safe bedsharing as the normal and easiest way to meet a baby’s needs and facilitate breastfeeding. The Safe Sleep Seven offers a middle ground: Seven research-supported criteria which, if met, offer a level of bedsharing safety equivalent to crib safety. For those mothers who don’t meet the criteria, it provides a simple way for them to make educated decisions about their family’s nighttime parenting. And it helps every non-bedsharing breastfeeding mother “child-proof” her bed so that it is as safe as possible if there’s a night when she just can’t stay awake to nurse.

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Duration: 75 mins
Helen Ball, BSc, MA, PhD
How do Digital Age parents cope with their infants at night?
United Kingdom Helen Ball, BSc, MA, PhD

Helen Ball trained in Human Biology and Biological Anthropology, obtaining her PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992. She established the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University in 2000, was promoted to Professor in 2007 and served as Head of the Anthropology Department 2013-2016.

Her research examines the sleep ecology of infants and their parents including attitudes and practices regarding infant sleep, behavioral and physiological monitoring of infants and their parents during sleep, infant sleep development, and the discordance between cultural sleep preferences and biological sleep needs. She conducts research in hospitals and the community and contributes to national and international policy and practice guidelines on infant care.

In 2016 she was appointed as Chair of the Scientific Committee for the Lullaby Trust, and in 2018 Durham University received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for Helen’s research and outreach work. She is a Board Member of ISPID (the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Deaths) and directs the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC) and Baby Sleep Information Source (Basis).

Objective 1: To understand the basis for contemporary variation in infant and parental sleep

Objective 2: To understand how parents use digital technology to support their night-time care practices

Objective 3: To discover ways to use digital media to help parents make informed choices about infant sleep

United Kingdom Helen Ball, BSc, MA, PhD

The sleep of young babies is biologically driven, firstly by feeding patterns and the limitations of brain development, and over time by an emerging circadian clock. The sleep patterns of parents are environmentally driven, by work and social schedules, 24-hour culture and use of digital technology. How do parents ‘manage’ night-time infant care and the sleep conflicts inherent in contemporary life? How are digital media influencing parental knowledge, expectations, and behaviour? Our research finds an emerging dichotomy in maternal ‘sleep narratives’ that are reinforced by the use of phone apps to monitor and manage infant sleep, online discussions where mothers share their experiences and techniques, and websites promoting infant sleep products. The potential for using digital media to inform parents about babies’ biological needs at night will be explored using examples from our experiences of developing and implementing website, phone app, social media and video podcast information sources for infant sleep.

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Duration: 67 mins
Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Sleep Training: History, Research, and Outcomes
USA Diana West, BA, IBCLC

Diana West is an IBCLC in private practice. She is the co-author of “Sweet Sleep: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family,” the 8th edition of La Leche League International’s “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk,” the clinical monograph “Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures,” and ILCA’s popular “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.” She is the author of the “Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.” She is on the Editorial Review Board for the “Journal of Clinical Lactation,” a La Leche League Leader and the Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is the administrator of the popular,, and websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey in the United States.

Objective 1: List the seven components of safe bedsharing for the breastfed baby.

Objective 2: Name the most fundamental way in which breastfeeding mothers position their bodies to ensure a protected sleeping cove for their baby.

List three guidelines for safe bedsharing for the breastfed baby

USA Diana West, BA, IBCLC

Parents hear confusing recommendations about sleep training and "crying-it-out." This presentation provides a discussion of the history underlying infant sleep training methods, their effects on feeding, and research findings on psychological and physiological outcomes. Gentle alternative methods are offered.

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This program has been approved for 5.0 CERPs (4 R, 1 L). GOLD Learning is an approved Long Term Provider of CERPs by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Approval #CLT114-07.

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Additional Details

Viewing Time: 4 Weeks

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(IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, (IBCLC) Public Health and Advocacy, (IBCLC) Research, Infant Sleep

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