breastfeeding- an important factor in reducing SIDS
Discussions about safe sleep can be uncomfortable. They can also be complicated. Real life is not simple and taking time for real conversations can get rushed. When we talk about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) we often focus on sleep. How will we put baby to sleep? Where should baby sleep? Does baby need anything to stay warm? Beyond sleep environment, there are other factors associated with SIDS, including diet that we don't want to leave out of the conversation.
Did you know that what babies eat in the first months of their life can make their risk for SIDS higher?
Breast milk feeding for two to four months can decrease an infant’s risk of SIDS by as much as 40 percent. Continuing to breastfeed beyond four months can decrease the risk even more.
The infant’s mother has built up a lifetime of "infection fighting skills" that cross through breast milk and helps babies own immune system be smarter about infections. Breastmilk helps babies fight illness faster and grow stronger. We know that breastfeeding takes moms' time and energy, and the pressures and demands of a new baby can be challenging for parents to juggle. New moms need support to find success with breastfeeding. Ask for help if you are considering breast milk feeding. If you are currently breastfeeding and have questions-seek help from a lactation expert. Common breastfeeding issues include having difficulties with latch, feeding schedules, pumping strategies, home, or work support. You are not alone! If you are looking for a lactation consultant you can call: 937-641-3543.
Learn more about breastfeeding here: https://www.childrensdayton.org/kidshealth/a/breastfeed-starting