Breastfeeding and Reduced Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis

 From Medscape News:

Hauck FR, Thompson JMD, Tanabe KO, Moon RY, Vennemann MM
Pediatrics. 2011;128:103-110

Study Summary

Existing literature on the potential protective effects of breastfeeding on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is mixed. However, a recent meta-analysis of 6 studies, conducted by the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality, found that infants who had ever been breastfed had reduced odds of SIDS. The meta-analysis by Hauck and colleagues was an attempt to refine the analytic approach by looking at the potential influence of exclusive breastfeeding on SIDS, and account for effects related to the duration of breastfeeding.

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