Breast-Feeding for 2 Months Halves Risk of SIDS, Study FindsPosted: Updated:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the number one cause of death for babies between the age of one month and one year.
A new study from the University of Virginia has found that breast-feeding for at least two months reduces the risk of SIDS by half.
This is the first study to provide a recommended duration for breast-feeding and its protective measures against SIDS.
“We would recommend that you continue to breast-feed as long as you can because you want to breast-feed not just to protect against SIDS - although that is an important thing - you want to breast-feed for all of its other benefits as well,” says Rachel Moon, the division head of pediatrics at UVA.
Researchers are still unsure why breast-feeding reduced the risk of SIDS, but they say the immune system boost and sleeping patterns that result from breast-feeding could play a role.
University of Virginia researchers stand by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization guide that mothers should breast-feed for six months.