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It’s time for a wake-up call. The NAPPSS project marks a new opportunity to safeguard the lives of infants at a time when understanding and reducing the risks of sleep-related infant deaths is advancing on multiple fronts. Key components are in place, including expanded professional safe sleep guidelines and a reinvigorated national campaign that has moved the needle from Back To Sleep to Safe To Sleep. But until now there has been no national coordinated strategy to engage the full set of partners to make safe sleep and breastfeeding a national norm. Read More

Stay Connected: Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Are Everyone's Business

We want to connect with you. Every person who represents a group that interacts with families and infants can play a role in making safe sleep and breastfeeding a national norm. Please sign up for our mailing list to keep in communication about NAPPSS activities and resources.

Our Conceptual Model

Conceptual Model

Behavior change theory provides context and focus for addressing challenges to adopting breastfeeding and safe sleep practices as the national norm.

To effectively address such barriers, it is essential to understand the factors that influence behavior change of parents, family members, and other caregivers.

Read more about our conceptual model...

New! Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding Image Gallery

Photos and illustrations of families sleeping and feeding in a breastfeeding-friendly safe sleep environment. Images may be downloaded at no charge and without restriction.

AAP Updates Guidelines

We're encouraged by the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment.

NAPPSS Newsletter

Access our electronic newsletter to stay updated on our activities and progress on implementing the National Action Plan to Increase Safe Infant Sleep: A Blueprint from the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep.  In each issue we will share information about the plan and Coalition members, and communicate the progress of our Action Teams.


See key resources on safe infant sleep and breastfeeding.