Breastfeeding may lower SIDS risk

June 13, 2011 2:24:06 PM PDT
A new study finds breastfeeding appears to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by as much as 73 percent.

That appears to be especially true when babies are exclusively breast fed, according to a study in the online edition of Pediatrics. It also found infants who received any amount of breast milk for any time period had a 60 percent reduction in SIDS.

The reason is still unclear. One explanation may be that nursing protects infants against minor infections that have also been shown to make sudden death more likely.

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