Mom Falls Asleep Breastfeeding, Wakes Up To Find Baby Boy Not Breathing

A mother in New York City was breastfeeding her newborn baby in the early morning and the exhausted new mother fell asleep. When she woke up, she realized that her baby boy wasn't breathing.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but authorities believe he may have been accidentally smothered.

Caleb Choi, a 2-month-old baby, was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital South in New York in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Choi's mother says she was breastfeeding the baby in a bedroom in her apartment when she fell asleep.

When she woke up at approximately 5:15 a.m., she found Caleb was not breathing.

The frantic mother called 911 and an emergency medical team arrived within 10 minutes. The baby was found to be unresponsive and rushed to the emergency room. They were unable to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced dead.

The child's mother, whose name is being withheld, is not facing any charges at this time. Police say that there were no obvious signs of trauma or injury to the baby's body, however they are continuing with an investigation.

Medical examiners plan to perform an autopsy on the body to try and determine the cause of death. Police believe that Caleb may have died of accidental suffocation when an adult rolled over onto him, or that he could have been a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Also known as 'crib death', SIDS is when a seemingly healthy infant dies suddenly in his sleep with no medical explanation.

The mysterious condition is terrifying to new parents because so little is known about it. Children from one month to one-year old, usually two to four months, may simply stop breathing, usually while sleeping, and die, even though the baby was otherwise healthy.

SIDS is more likely to strike African-American and Native American infants. Boys are more likely to be victims than girls, and cases of SIDS tend to increase with cold weather, according to KidsHealth.org.

Other risk factors believed to be involved include parents smoking, drinking, using drugs, poor prenatal care, low birth weight, mothers under the age of 20, family history and overheating.

One of the biggest risk factors in SIDS is letting babies sleep on their stomachs, or sides. Babies should be placed sleeping flat on their backs in a crib that has no excess bedding, stuffed animals or pillows.

The death of little Caleb is the fifth infant death this month in Staten Island that was related to possible suffocation. In the other cases, a family member sleeping in a bed with the infant accidentally rolled over on the baby, obstructing his breathing.

Some 40 to 50 babies in New York alone die from sleep-related injuries each year. Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an education campaign to help instruct new parents of 'safe sleep' procedures. With every birth certificate, parents will receive a flier teaching them how to lower their risk for accidental death and SIDS.

Source: Daily Mail
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