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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Breast feeding is associated with decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  1. Heinz Zotter,
  2. Gerhard Pichler
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Heinz Zotter
    Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 30, Graz, 8041 Austria; heinz.zotter{at}klinikum-graz.at

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Studies have been inconsistent in showing a protective effect of breast feeding on the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Therefore, the meta-analysis by Hauck et al is timely as it aims to quantify and evaluate the protective effect of breast feeding against SIDS, and provide recommendations on the utility of breast feeding as a strategy for reducing the risk of SIDS.

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Data on breast feeding and its association with SIDS published from January 1966 to December 2009 were collected from the MEDLINE database. Twenty-four original case-control studies that provided data on the …

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