One of my friends lets her baby sleep on his tummy. Now, she's well-educated, well-read, and researched. So I asked her why.
She said that the SIDS organizations haven't sold her on the back to sleep campaign. There's no evidence of rebreathing, and what they have found recently is that it's typically a genetic condition, and has trends that her baby doesn't fall into a risk for. With her acid reflux, sleeping on the belly helps her keep off of medicine that we don't know the long-term effects for. So she believes this is better. Then she pointed me to a study by the SIDS groups that have said to stop swaddling (she knows I swaddle) because it increases the time the baby sleeps, and that increases their risk for SIDS. She said that it seems to her that basically all of their guidelines are based on one thing: make the baby uncomfortable so they easily rouse themselves... and that isn't good for brain development, lack of deep sleep.
She gave a bunch of risks that her baby doesn't fall into. Like:
-not an ethnic minority
-not in daycare (a large number of SIDS events happen in daycares...)
-not born to a teen
-no smokers in the house.
-not a boy.
-kept at a comfortable temperature (but not the SIDS recommendation of under 69degrees...)
-no one in her immediate, extended, or hyper-extended going back 200 years has ever had an infant die in the first year. It's always been older than that. And as far as she knows, they all slept on their tummy with blankets.
She even uses a blanket when her daughter seems to want it.
I know I can't convince her otherwise. Her daughter's reflux has stopped and she's sleeping peacefully. But I wonder, what would you tell her? I told her that she's welcome to her opinion and I hope it turns out alright, but not to blame me if I'm more cautious. She's done a lot of genealogical research and there's no record of a baby in her family dying before the age of 1, and it would have been recorded since all the births are there so she can say there's been no SIDS deaths for 200 years or around that. The youngest deaths in the family are connected directly to illnesses (like the 1918 flu epidemic) and even they were older than 1. I wouldn't question her on that. :)
And no, like I said I didn't get after her or judge her, but wished her the best, and excused myself for being more cautious. I wanted to know her reasons, that's why I asked. It's not like she wouldn't know about the Back to Sleep campaign. I wouldn't try to convince her otherwise. If she chooses something for her child, she's done more research on it than I have. :P That type of a parent. I can't quote studies. She can.