The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding for at least the first year of life, along with the introduction of complementary foods.
The AAP also recommends that infants be breastfed on demand, rather than on a schedule.
In addition to the benefits of breastfeeding, the AAP also recommends following safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Placing infants on their backs to sleep: The AAP recommends placing infants on their backs to sleep, as this position has been shown to be the safest and most effective in reducing the risk of SIDS.
Using a firm and flat sleep surface: Babies should be placed on a firm and flat sleep surface, such as a crib or bassinet, rather than on a soft surface like a sofa or waterbed.
Keeping the sleep environment smoke-free: It is important to keep the sleep environment smoke-free, as exposure to tobacco smoke has been linked to an increased risk of SIDS.
Using a safety-approved crib: It is important to use a safety-approved crib that meets current safety standards, and to follow all manufacturer's instructions for proper use.
Avoiding over-bundling or overheating: It is important to keep the sleep environment at a comfortable temperature and to avoid over-bundling or overheating your baby.
By following these safe sleep practices and breastfeeding your infant, you can help reduce the risk of SIDS and ensure the safety and health of your child.
If you have any concerns or questions about breastfeeding or SIDS prevention, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional for guidance and support.