7 babies’ deaths linked to Boppy loungers, pillows in recent months, report finds

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Consumer Reports published a report that Monday that highlighted a rising death toll among infants linked to the popular infant pillow brand Boppy.

Seven infant deaths related to the company’s products were reported in the recent months, the report said.

The deaths come after the CSPC issued a warning in 2020 that infants must not sleep on lounging pads as they can roll over and can fall on their heads if left unattended. In a separate report from SaferProducts.gov, consumers reported infants had died of suffocation, neck injuries, and choking.

Boppy says on its website that the pillows are used to make breastfeeding easier and to help an infant sit comfortably with their mother.

The company responded to Consumer Reports’ questions, saying that they “are working on the best way to keep infants safe” and have stressed that the pillows are only used for “awake time” only.

Recent findings by the latest Consumer Reports analysis of government data and the Consumer Product Safety Council found that 28 infants had died between 2012 and 2018 using infant loungers and pillows, including those from Boppy.

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