Why is my baby sleeping in a weird position?

Q: Why does my baby sleep with her head curled back? She's been doing it on-and-off for months, but sometimes it looks like she might hurt her neck. I think she is searching for the breast, but I'm not sure. If I try to move her, she usually wakes up and gets mad.

A: Babies often sleep in unusual positions, ones that may seem very uncomfortable. Typically, it is not a concern. However, if your baby snores or seems to be working hard to breathe when she is asleep, it's possible she's trying to sleep in a position that helps her breathe at night. If this is the case, be sure to speak to your pediatrician.

Answered by Dr. Jodi Mindell

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