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Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding Image Gallery

Baby with Mother on bed

Built with the help and generosity of NAPPSS coalition members and friends, the Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding Image Gallery contains photos and illustrations of families from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances sleeping and feeding in a breastfeeding-friendly safe sleep environment. All of the images may be downloaded and used at no charge and without restriction.

Enter the Image Gallery

Breastfeeding in Bed

Why Build an Image Gallery?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), media exposures (including movie, television, magazines, newspapers, and websites), manufacturer advertisements, and store displays affect individual behavior by influencing beliefs and attitudes.1 Too many photos in advertisements, on written materials, and websites show unsafe sleep settings and positions, or do not support breastfeeding. As such, photographs and illustrations are an important component of safe infant sleep education and breastfeeding support for families. The Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding Image Gallery is a source you can count on for images that model safe practices to help to protect babies. View a recent press communique for background on why NAPPSS built the gallery.

What Makes a Good Image?

Images in the gallery have been approved by the NAPPSS Photo Gallery Work Group using a vetting checklist developed by work group members. Learn more about what makes an appropriate infant sleep environment image:

Help Us Expand the Gallery!

We continue to look for photos and illustrations of babies sleeping in a safe sleep environment in ways that are supportive of breastfeeding and welcome images that include other family members too. For details about what we’re looking for, please take a look at our wish list for the image gallery.

Use the Checklist for Your Resources

Do all of your organization’s resources have images that model breastfeeding-friendly, safe sleep practices? NAPPSS developed a checklist for vetting the photos and illustrations we receive for the gallery. Please use the checklist and share it with your communications department, members, or other colleagues—anyone you know who chooses images for websites, educational materials, presentations, and other resources—to be sure the images you use model safe behavior.

Other Image Galleries and Resources

  • Safe Sleep Environments. The Federal SUID/SIDS Workgroup established a repository of infant sleep environment images based on the AAP safe sleep recommendations. These images are in the public domain and can be used freely for any purpose. Use the repository for your publications and websites, share the link with your media contacts, and let others in the community know about it. Access the Safe Sleep Environments Repository on Flickr.

  • Landscape of Breastfeeding Support Photo Project. The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a library of images to illustrate how communities across the United States support breastfeeding families. In addition to providing positive representations of breastfeeding support in action for educational, advocacy, and clinical efforts, the increased exposure to breastfeeding provided by the images is an important step toward normalizing breastfeeding and reducing the societal and cultural barriers faced by breastfeeding families.


The appearance in images of any specific commercial products, processes or services, including by trade name, trademark or otherwise, does not constitute, and should not be construed as, any recommendation, endorsement or favoring of those products or services by Georgetown University.


1. AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Moon RY. 2016. SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: Updated 2016 recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment. Pediatrics 138(5): e20162938 (policy statement); e20162940 (technical report).

November 2016