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We have spoken to Professor Bob Carpenter from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who has been carrying out research into cot deaths and co-sleeping.
Nicola Richardson, from Penistone near Barnsley, has been campaigning for parents to be aware of cot death risks since her son Alex died in 2007.
Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that the number of cot deaths in the UK could be reduced if parents did not share beds with their children.
Authors examined data from five studies on cot death, including the records of 1,472 cot death cases and 4,679 control cases.
Research showed that babies who slept in their parents' beds had a five-fold increase of cot death compared to children who slept in a cot in the parents' room.
A Nice spokesman said guidance on the care of women and babies after birth is currently being reviewed.
Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by five times, new research claims.
Nicola Richardson's baby Alex died at 16 months from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - commonly known as cot death.
Six years on the mother from Penistone is still campaigning to highlight all the risk factors which contribute to cot death.
For more information on the risk factors visit http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/