Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of SIDS and breastfeeding, even for a few days, is better than not breastfeeding at all. The Department of Health now recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for at least six months.
The Department of Health also recommends that mums continue to breastfeed if they can, with appropriate weaning foods, for as long as mum and baby want.
in 1965 it was shown that babies under 3 months who died of SIDS were less likely to be breastfed than infants who did not die. Since then, many studies have supported the protective effects of breastfeeding.
Even a brief period of breastfeeding can be protective for your baby. It has been shown that both partly and exclusive breastfeeding has been associated with a lower SIDS rate, however breastfeeding for all feeds was associated with the lowest risk.
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