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Acta Paediatr. 2016 Jan;105(1):31-8. doi: 10.1111/apa.13124. Epub 2015 Sep 2.

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

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1
Department of Paediatrics, University of Gothenburg, Queen Silvia Children's Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2
Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

We conducted a literature review on the effect of breastfeeding and dummy (pacifier) use on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). From 4343 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.

KEYWORDS:

Breastfeeding; Dummy; Pacifier; Review; Sudden infant death syndrome

PMID:
26175065
PMCID:
PMC5049485
DOI:
10.1111/apa.13124
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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