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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Breastfeeding reduces risk of SIDs by 50%

American Academy of Paediatrics  recommends marketing breastfeeding to reduce the risk of SIDs..... how about they throw in reducing the risks of certain cancers, obesity, juvenile diabetes,  asthma and allergies, ear infections and digestive disorders.... to name but a few.  How about they market breastfeeding as the NORMAL way to feed your baby?  Even better, how about they just tell the truth about the risks of infant formulas?

...or better yet, how about they push to have the WHO code put into law and protect the lives of babies from unethical marketing and the propaganda from infant formula companies?

Well, I guess it's a start.  Baby steps forward are better than giant steps backwards.


Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? 

BACKGROUND. In the last 20 years, the prevention campaigns to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome were very successful. In some countries the advice to breastfeed is included in the campaigns' messages, but in other countries it is not.

OBJECTIVE. To examine the association between type of infant feeding and sudden infant death syndrome.
METHODS. The German Study of Sudden Infant Death is a case-control study of 333 infants who died of sudden infant death syndrome and 998 age-matched controls.
RESULTS. A total of 49.6% of cases and 82.9% of controls were breastfed at 2 weeks of age. Exclusive breastfeeding at 1 month of age halved the risk, partial breastfeeding at the age of 1 month also reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, but after adjustment this risk was not significant. Being exclusively breastfed in the last month of life/before the interview reduced the risk, as did being partially breastfed. Breastfeeding survival curves showed that both partial breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding were associated with a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
CONCLUSIONS. This study shows that breastfeeding reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by ~50% at all ages throughout infancy. We recommend including the advice to breastfeed through 6 months of age in sudden infant death syndrome risk-reduction messages.
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