Breastfeeding and SIDS: what you need to know (in 1 minute)
Little Lullaby

Breastfeeding and SIDS: everything you need to know in one minute

Little Lullaby
Little Lullaby

Today marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week 2016, which is a chance to celebrate breastfeeding and the healthy start it can help give your baby.

So here’s everything young parents should know about how breastfeeding can reduce the risk of SIDS, including what you can do if you can’t (or choose not to) breastfeed.

Did you know…?

Breastfed babies have a lower chance of SIDS

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS by approximately half. SIDS is the term used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby which cannot be explained by a post-mortem examination. Sadly around 290 babes die of SIDS each year in the UK.

If you don’t breastfeed, you can still reduce the risk of SIDS

Some mums are unable to breastfeed while others choose not to.

If you do bottle feed your baby, the risk of SIDS will be much lower if you follow all other safer sleep advice, including:

Find out more about keeping your baby safe while they sleep in our advice section.

Any period of breastfeeding can reduce the chance of SIDS

Most health specialists recommend that you only give your baby breast milk for the first six months, but even a brief period of breastfeeding can reduce the chance of SIDS compared to formula feeding alone.

Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby, even if you smoke

Breastfeeding has many benefits and regardless of whether you are a smoker or not, it is the best way to
feed your baby. We would still encourage smokers to breastfeed, but smoking has its own risks that you
should be aware of. Find out more about smoking and your baby here.

What young mums say about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. So we asked Ellie, Barbara and Sharna from our team of young parents to tell us how they found it.

Want to chat to the mums directly? They’re hanging out on our community section to answer your questions and hear your stories. Join the community of young parents and ask them anything!

Still have questions about breastfeeding?

Chat with other young mums

Chat and share advice with other young mums on our free community of young parents! You can join the community here.

Get advice from specialists

If you would like to speak to a counsellor about breastfeeding or bottle feeding, you can call The National Childbirth Trust helpline on 0300 330 0700 or you can also get advice from the National Breastfeeding Line on 0300 100 0212.

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