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Parenting Press SIDS Author Fern Hauck Cites Importance of Breast Feeding

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Fern R. Hauck, M.D., M.S., co-author with Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., of 14 Ways to Protect Your Baby from SIDS: Safe Sleep Advice from the Experts, a new Parenting Press guide, has had her research regarding the importance of breast feeding published in the professional journal Pediatrics. This has resulted in a flurry of publicity in such consumer media as U.S. News & World Report and in news services such as Medical News Today.

Hauck’s analysis shows that among infants who are exclusively breast-fed, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was reduced by 73 percent. For children who are breast-fed for any period in the first six months of life, the risk was cut by 60 percent.

The correlation between breast feeding and the sharply reduced risk is not understood, but Hauck cited several theories. One is tied to sleep: breast-fed babies are more arousable during sleep, important because SIDS appears to be linked to a defect in arousability.

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For more information about Hauck and Moon, see their media kit. Or call Parenting Press at (800) 992-6657.

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Last updated June 11, 2014