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Breastfeeeding Decreases Risk of SIDS

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, by half. Here’s a news story and the journal article.
The Study’s Conclusion:
CONCLUSIONS. This study shows that breastfeeding reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by ~50% at all ages throughout infancy. We recommend including the advice to breastfeed through 6 months of age in sudden infant death syndrome risk-reduction messages.

3 Responses to “Breastfeeeding Decreases Risk of SIDS”

I wonder if it’s really the breastfeeding that’s preventing it or just that breastfeeding correlates with a 50% reduction in rates of SIDS. I certainly think breastfeeding prevents a lot of it. It makes me so mad that my state’s DHEC doesn’t include breastfeeding in their pamphlets on safe sleep.

Instead of saying “breastfeeding reduces SIDS rates by 50%” shouldn’t we say “formula feeding increases SIDS risk by 50%”? I mean, breastfeeding is the norm, so why should it be measured against formula feeding, instead of the other way around?

If breastfeeding reduces SIDS rates by 50%, wouldn’t the converse be that formula feeding increases SIDS risk by 100%, i.e. doubles it?

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