Infant sleep expectations and reality are a source of stress and anxiety for most parents. The $28 billion dollar sleep industry in the United States has capitalized on exhausted families’ desperate pursuit of solutions. Parents feel recruited into partisan philosophy groups with polarizing labels such as “sleep trainers” versus “attached families.” This lecture will give participants a tolerant and practical approach to defining normal sleep in infancy and the longitudinal variations in the first year of life. Feeding goals and family circumstances should frame the discussion for sleep priorities in a household. Medical knowledge of growth and development norms will guide the evidence presented.
In 2010, I received my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification. Much of my free time is spent helping 14,000+ physician mothers in the group I founded that same year, called Dr. MILK®.