Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy

For further information, contact Melissa Maimann at Essential Birth Consulting. Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy Author: Laurie Barclay, MD CME Author: Penny Murata, MD

Breast-feeding reduces the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by approximately 50% ... Exclusive breast-feeding at age 1 month was associated with half the risk for SIDS. Although partial breast-feeding at age 1 month was also associated with lower risk for SIDS, this risk was not significant ...

SIDS is a leading cause of death in infants ... [the] SIDS risk was 2-fold higher in formula-fed vs breast-fed infants ... However, breast-feeding is not universally included in SIDS prevention guidelines.

- Yet another benefit of breastfeeding!

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting.