About time they included this in the guidelines
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.