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Breastfeeding For At Least Two Months Reduces Baby's Risk Of SIDS

Breastfeeding For At Least Two Months Reduces Baby's Risk Of SIDS”

Fern Hauck of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and author on the study, said, "Breastfeeding for just two months reduces the risk of SIDS by nearly half, and the longer babies are breastfed, the greater the protection".

Breastfeeding for at least two months cuts a baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a sweeping new worldwide study published online on Monday by the Academy of American Pediatrics has revealed.

Researcher Kawai Tanabe, MPH, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine commented on the findings saying, "These results are very powerful!"

Women who breastfeed their children for a long time longer can exhibit more maternal sensitivity well past the infant and toddler years, this research is found after a 10-year-long study. That proves the close interaction experienced during breastfeeding may be only one of various ways the bond is strengthened between mother and child, said Jennifer Weaver from Boise State University. The researchers found that while breastfeeding for two months provided benefits, breastfeeding for less than that time did not do anything for an infant with regards to SIDS risks. "Breastfeeding for less than two months did not offer such a benefit", Science Daily reported.

Breastfeeding has been known to be healthful for both mother and the baby. Researchers analysed eight major global studies that examined 2,259 cases of SIDS and 6,894 control infants where death did not occur.

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. While more work is needed to determine more about the link between breastfeeding and SIDS, the researchers say that babies could have a stronger immune system brought about by breastfeeding.

Apart from the study's results, breastfeeding also helps reduce infections, diarrhoea, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, boost a child's IQ and various other health issues.

John M.D. Thompson et al, Duration of Breastfeeding and Risk of SIDS: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis, Pediatrics (2017).

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