SIDS risk high in co-sleeping

The UK finding has prompted expert calls for a change in Australian advice for parents.

Currently, Australia advises only certain parents not to bed-share with their infants, including smokers and those who have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

The study combining five large SIDS case-controlled datasets from 1997 to 2003 found that when a baby was breastfed and under three months, there was five times the risk of SIDS when bed-sharing with non-smoking parents and when the mother had not