If half of cot deaths occurred whilst the child was in the bed, then half occurred whilst the child was in a cot. Therefore, co-sleeping in a bed presents no increased risk, (where no drugs or drink have been taken)
In actual fact, the 54% of cot deaths that occurred whilst co-sleeping include those where parent was sleeping with the child on a sofa, and those where parents were under influence of drink or drugs at the time.
You're right the whole thing is really infuriating. I was outraged at the interview on BBC news the other day with a Doctor whose name I can't remember who was extremely patronising. Sian was interviewing him, bearing in mind she has a small baby and must have some feelings on this, she did well to stay impartial but he was adamant that you MUST NOT share a bed with your baby in any circumstances and that you should sit in a chair to breastfeed at night.
I am a bit at FSID's absolute insistence that bedsharing is dangerous whatever the circumstances. When Prof. Whatsit did th webchat on MN a while back he was so anti-co-sleeping yet had so little actual evidence to show that planned safe bedsharing was dangerous.
Bollocks to sitting in a chair, just bollocks. It simply not workable with a BF on demand baby, and IMO is far more dangerous that bedsharing with appropriate precautions.
The fact is, people WILL co-sleep, because it feels natural and it means you all get a better night's sleep. It is madness to drive this underground so that people don't get the information they need on doing it safely.