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How does breastfeeding affect the rate of SIDS?
SIDS is every parent’s worst fear.
Recent research has shown that breastfeeding at least two months reduces the risk of SIDS by 50%!
This is important and significant information that should be shared.
- Doctors should be talking about it.
- It should be in parenting magazines and blogs.
- There should be commercials sharing this information.
- There should be billboards!
It didn’t have to be exclusive breastfeeding. The article said, “any breastfeeding” for two months or longer.
Other measures you can take to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Put your baby to sleep on his back. ALWAYS!
- Do not smoke during pregnancy.
- Do not let anyone smoke around your baby.
- After the first month offer a pacifier at all times of sleep.
- Safe sleep environment
- Don’t overheat your baby and avoid covering his head.
- Keep your baby nearby when he is sleeping.
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
- Get prenatal care.
- Breastfeed unless contraindicated.
Breastfeeding is important in reducing the risk of SIDS.
You know now.
Tell your friends.
Tell your doctor.
Post it on social media.
Share this important information!
There are many other reasons you should breastfeed.
Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (2016). SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: Updated 2016 recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment. Pediatrics, e20162938.
Thompson, J. M., Tanabe, K., Moon, R. Y., Mitchell, E. A., McGarvey, C., Tappin, D., … & Hauck, F. R. (2017). Duration of breastfeeding and risk of SIDS: an individual participant data meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 140(5), e20171324.
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Andrea Tran RN, MA, IBCLC
Andrea has been working with new families as an RN for over 35 years and a Lactation Consultant for over 25 years.
She has her MA in Health and Wellness with a focus in Lactation.