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. They recommend that mums breastfeed with appropriate weaning foods, for as long as mum and baby want.
in 1965 studies showed 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. Both partly and exclusive breastfeeding have shown to be associated with a lower SIDS rate. However breastfeeding for all feeds is associated with the lowest risk.
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