Breastfeeding can Lower SIDS risk
Analysis of research studies reveals that breastfeeding lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The authors of the study say breastfeeding is definitely best for feeding infants. SIDS claims a toll of about 2,500 babies annually in the US.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of minor infections affecting the baby. The WHO recommends that breastfeeding should be the sole method of feeding for the initial six months of a baby’s life.
In the study, researchers analyzed data from studies that surveyed mothers about their breastfeeding. They found that SIDS rate was 60% lower in breastfed infants, compared to babies who had not been breastfed. In Infants, who had been exclusively breastfed, the SIDS rate was 70% lower.
The researchers say more research should be done to check if the breastfeeding duration impacts SIDS risk. They want to see if breastfeeding for a longer duration is more useful compared to breastfeeding for a lesser duration.
The researchers also add that SIDS risk is reduced if babies sleep in their parents’ bedroom and use a pacifier. They opine that this study reveals the importance of breastfeeding for babies.