James McKenna was an adviser to the pediatrics academy’s task force, and he voted against the recommendation against bed-sharing. He tells the Charlotte Observer why.

He said medical professionals have “isolated themselves from what parents are doing,” and don’t provide them with information they need to sleep with their babies safely. Parents, knowing their pediatricians would disapprove, may actually claim they don’t sleep together because the baby begins the night in the crib. What they may not say, McKenna said, is that the baby ends up in the adult bed by morning.