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Breastfeeding reduces risk of sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Study

The researchers found that breastfeeding for as little as two months can have profound SIDS protection for your little ones, cutting their risk nearly in half.

It was not necessary that the baby is exclusively breastfed for this protection, the study found.

"These results are very powerful!" Not only that, but you don't have to breastfeed exclusively to receive this benefit: any amount of breast milk helps.

Past examinations have additionally recommended that breastfeeding is related with a diminished danger of SIDS, the main source of death for newborn children between one month and one year of age, however this is the principal concentrate to decide the length important to give that security. They then grouped the babies by how long their moms breastfed: less than two months; two to four months; four to six months; and more than six months. And the research indicates that breastfeeding for that two-month time period actually affords babies significant protection, whereas breastfeeding for less time does not. "Our study found that babies who are breastfed for at least two months have a significant reduction in their risk of dying from SIDS", researcher Kawai Tanabe of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, said in the Science Daily report. And, the authors note, there may be other general differences in the ways moms care for their babies depending on whether they breastfeed or offer formula that they can't observe that may affect SIDS risk. "Breastfeeding is beneficial for so many reasons, and this is really an important one". The World Health Organisation (WHO) hopes that by 2025 more than half of the world's infants will be breastfed for at least six months.

For the study, the researchers reviewed eight other worldwide papers on SIDS that investigated 2,259 cases of the cause of death and 6,894 control infants who didn't die and saw that when breastfed, infants' risk of the syndrome was severely reduced, despite differing cultural behaviors and backgrounds.

Although numerous previous studies have shown a link between breastfeeding and reduced risk of SIDS, none had looked specifically at how long moms needed to breastfeed their babies to see a protective effect.

The large collective sample used in the research also provides convincing evidence of the reliability and consistency of the findings, despite differing cultural behaviours across countries.

Rachel Moon, a researcher at UVA, said, "It's great for mothers to know that breastfeeding for at least two months provides such a strong protective effect against SIDS". Or when she is unable to find a lactation consultant she can afford, or a doctor who takes her breastfeeding concerns seriously?

Mothers are advised even from the beginning that they should start by breastfeeding their baby.

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