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    Default Breastfeeding halves SIDS risk!

    About time they included this in the guidelines
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    Breastfeeding halves SIDS risk
    Thu, 17 May, 7:19 AM
    Breastfeeding halves the chances of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly, according to a child health group.

    The organisation SIDS and Kids has revised its guidelines for reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to include a new recommendation that mothers breastfeed their babies where possible.

    Safe sleeping expert and author of the guideline review, Adjunct Professor Jeanine Young, says 15 years of studies have consistently found breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.

    "We have now reached a point where conclusive evidence from numerous studies demonstrates breast milk can reduce sudden and unexpected death in infancy," she said in a statement.

    She said mothers who could not breastfeed should avoid other risk factors like smoking near babies and sleeping babies on their side or stomach.

    SIDS and Kids has launched its revised infant sleep safety guidelines ahead of the 25th Red Nose Day on June 29.

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    That is good news

    I'm glad the Prof. included this "She said mothers who could not breastfeed should avoid other risk factors like smoking near babies and sleeping babies on their side or stomach" and acknowledges that it's not possible for everyone. But for those who choose to cease breastfeeding, this is certainly something to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    That is good news

    I'm glad the Prof. included this "She said mothers who could not breastfeed should avoid other risk factors like smoking near babies and sleeping babies on their side or stomach" and acknowledges that it's not possible for everyone. But for those who choose to cease breastfeeding, this is certainly something to think about.
    Definitely

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    For some reason I already thought this was in the guidelines. But just saw it on my facebook.. I think that this is a really fantastic "excuse" for mums who receive pressure to stop breastfeeding really early. They can now say its recommended in the sids guidelines

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    It was always included that breastfeeding decreased the risk of SIDS, well since DD was conceived almost a decade ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    It was always included that breastfeeding decreased the risk of SIDS, well since DD was conceived almost a decade ago.
    I think it used to be, then it was removed and now it's been included again

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    I may be naive how how does it reduce the risk?

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    breast milk helps strengthen their immune system and protects against infections which can be a SIDS risk plus i read that breast fed babies awaken more easily from sleep

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    Actually, it should read "not breastfeeding doubles the risk of SIDS". -breastfeeding being the norm that alternatives should be measured against.

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    The point about SIDS is that there is no known cause of death, so we don't know what formula feeding does to increase the risk. However, it is possible that babies are sometimes over fed, over stuffed and exhausted from bottle feeding, like any of after a heavy meal. So it may not be the formula itself but the way it is fed to babies that increases the risk of SIDS.

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