Further Reading

Breastfeeding reduces risk of SIDS

by Amy R. Beach, FNP-BC, CLC

The Journal of Pediatrics in October 2017, published an article which looked at the length of breastfeeding and its association with SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant, less than 1 year old, which usually occurs while sleeping.  It is sometimes referred to as crib death.

The study, reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that, “Breastfeeding duration of at least 2 months was associated with half the risk of SIDS. Breastfeeding does not need to be exclusive to confer this protection.”  Breastfeeding has been known to reduce the incidence of SIDs, but this was the first study to address duration.

There are many other known benefits of breastfeeding, both to infant and mother. Babies who are breastfed are less like to have respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Moms are less likely to develop ovarian cancer or osteoporosis. Breastfeeding is inexpensive and convenient! Your pediatrician’s office is a great resource to help with successful breastfeeding.

Whether you are expecting and want to learn more about breastfeeding, or have already given birth but need some support, a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) or an IBCLC (An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is an excellent resource. An IBCLC is usually employed by a hospital.  CLC’s can often be found in a pediatrician’s office, at WIC, and at hospitals.  In addition to this, WCA offers a monthly class on breastfeeding for expectant moms, and the Baby Cafe, a breastfeeding support group for breastfeeding moms and babies meets twice weekly at the Gateway Center.

Knowledge and support can go a long way in helping moms and babies succeed in breastfeeding.  If you have questions, please contact one of the resources for guidance and encouragement!