Well, according to this report by Reuters it is. The article
states, “Rates of sudden infant death from suffocation or strangulation
have quadrupled in the past 20 years in the United States, most apparently from
parents sleeping with their babies, government researchers reported on Monday.”
But the CDC report, published in the journal Pediatrics,
says no such thing, instead concluding, “The reason for this increase is
Part of the problem with this study is that it lumps
together infant suffocation that occurs in cribs, couches, and in the parental
bed. When a baby dies from suffocating under a blanket in his crib, or by
getting stuck behind a cushion on a couch, cosleeping is not to blame. And when a parent accidentally falls asleep on the couch with her baby, that cannot be called cosleeping.
I’m not an ardent cosleeper; I did so for a short period
with each of my children more out of laziness than anything else. And I know
cosleeping isn’t for everyone. But when we discuss cosleeping, let’s at least
keep to the facts.