After giving birth to her son, John, on April 10, 2017, Kristin Hoffman joined the ranks of overwhelmingly exhausted, droopy-eyelid mothers, soaking up every second of pure baby bliss.
But after waking up in the middle of the night for one of many feedings, Kristin has a desperate warning for all parents about the dangers of feeding your baby in bed.
It’s the “normal,” if not most natural, thing to do—the baby wakes up, you grab him from the crib, bring him to your room, prop up against the headboard and get to filling that little stomach.
According to her Facebook post, that’s just what Kristin did—the night that 7-week-old baby John died. She was breastfeeding her son when she unintentionally drifted back to sleep. She didn’t realize John was in distress until it was too late:
“My precious son slipped off my breast and into the covers of my bed early Sunday morning and into heaven. The way we discovered him was a tragedy; I don’t want [it to] happen [to] anyone else.”
Baby John had suffocated in her bed—a danger that Kristin wishes she would have known more about before it was too late.