SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Breastfeeding for just two months lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by half, a conclusion derived from an analysis of previously published research by a team at the University of Virginia.
In total, eight studies with samples of 2,259 infant victims of SIDS and 6,894 healthy babies were considered. According to Medical News Today, lead researcher Dr. Fern Hauck found that SIDS risk declines as an infant’s breastfeeding period lengthens.
The deciding factor in reducing the likelihood of SIDS was the inclusion of breastfeeding in the infant’s early stages; alternating between breastfeeding and baby formula did not result in any significant differences in outcome.
Though the reasons behind the preventative powers of breastfeeding are yet unclear, Dr. Hauck did point out that a mother’s milk has a clear impact on her child’s immune system and sleeping habits.
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