SIDS is every parent’s worst fear. You have been told that there are things that can decrease the risk of SIDS.
- Put your baby to sleep on his back. ALWAYS!
- Do not smoke during pregnancy.
- Do not let anyone smoke around your baby.
- Offer a pacifier at all times of sleep, after the first month
- Safe sleep environment
- Don’t overheat your baby and avoid covering his head
- Keep your baby nearby when he is sleeping
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth
- Get prenatal care
- Breastfeed unless contraindicated
In November of 2017 an article that was published reporting on the duration of breastfeeding and the risk of SIDS. The authors stated that breastfeeding at least two months reduced the risk of SIDS by 50%! This is important and significant information that should be shared. Doctors should be talking about it. It should be in parenting magazines and blogs. There should be commercials sharing this information. There should be billboards!
It didn’t have to be exclusive breastfeeding. The article said, “any breastfeeding ” for two months or longer.
You know now. Tell your friends.Tell your doctor. Post it on social media. Share this important information.
Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (2016). SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: Updated 2016 recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment. Pediatrics, e20162938.
Thompson, J. M., Tanabe, K., Moon, R. Y., Mitchell, E. A., McGarvey, C., Tappin, D., … & Hauck, F. R. (2017). Duration of breastfeeding and risk of SIDS: an individual participant data meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 140(5), e20171324.
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