Everybody knows there are a lot of benefits associated with breastfeeding. Now, a new research has surfaced, advising mothers to breastfeed their infants for at least two months. This way, they can cut in half the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). If they exceed the two-month period, it’s even better, as more breastfeeding time offers more protection.
Breastfeeding reduces the SIDS risk
This is not the first time when a study links breast milk with a smaller SIDS risk. However, researchers haven’t been able to tell how much time mothers should spend breastfeeding their babies. Now, they could finally establish a minimal period optimal for the infants.
Mothers are advised even from the beginning that they should start by breastfeeding their baby. Breast milk has all the necessary nutrients for infants to develop into healthy children, and delaying the switch to bottle feeding is good both for the little one and for the mother. However, the most important benefit probably remains the smaller risk of SIDS.
Also, here’s something as important that mothers need to be aware of. Any kind of breastfeeding can reduce the SIDS risk. This means that those mothers who cannot feed their babies breast milk exclusively shouldn’t be worried, as any small amount counts.
Breast milk has many other benefits for infants
Over the past 20 years, there has been a significant decrease in SIDS cases. Even so, this remains the main risk factor for babies, and the main cause of death among them. Therefore, researchers now want to make the results of the study known all over the world, so that women could understand the importance of breastfeeding.
This way, they hope that women will start allowing their babies to be breastfed for at least six months. Apart from significantly reduces their death risk, this technique wards off type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular issues, diarrhea, various types of infections, and might improve the baby’s IQ.