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Breastfeeding and dummy use have a protective effect on sudden infant death syndrome.

Journal article
Authors Bernt Alm
Göran Wennergren
Per Möllborg
Hugo Lagercrantz
Published in Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)
Volume 105
Issue 1
Pages 31-38
ISSN 1651-2227
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Pediatrics
Pages 31-38
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/apa.13124
Subject categories Pediatrics

Abstract

We conducted a literature review on the effect of breastfeeding and dummy (pacifier) use on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). From the 4,343 abstracts, we identified 35 relevant studies on breastfeeding and SIDS, 27 on dummy use and SIDS and 59 on dummy use versus breastfeeding CONCLUSION: We found ample evidence that both breastfeeding and dummy use reduce the risk of SIDS. There has been a general reluctance to endorse dummy use in case it has a detrimental effect of breastfeeding. However, recent evidence suggests that dummy use might not be as harmful to breastfeeding as previously believed. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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