Tip 186: breast-feeding and SIDS

Both partial breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding were associated with a reduced risk of SIDS in this study.

Overall, breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by around 50% at all ages throughout infancy and for as long as the infant is breastfed.

Reference: M M Vennemann, T Bajanowski, B Brinkmann, G Jorch, K Yücesan, C Sauerland, E A Mitchell and the GeSID Study Group (2009) Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? PEDIATRICS Vol. 123 No. 3 March 2009, pp. e406-e410

Previously published: 03/11/14

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