Breastfeed, if You Can
When the AAP Task Force wrote its report in 2005, it concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to say that breastfeeding reduced the risk of SIDS. But research in the last few years has confirmed that nursing does offer protection. Most recently, a German study found that exclusively breastfed babies are only half as likely to die and that even partial nursing is beneficial. It may be that breastfeeding, like using a pacifier, keeps babies from sleeping too deeply. "Breast milk has anti-inflammatory effects as well, and this may be protective," Dr. Hauck says.