Women who breastfeed lower the chances that their baby might die of sudden infant death syndrome, also known as SIDS.
A new study looked at more than 300 infants who died of SIDS and nearly 1,000 age-matched "control" infants. At 2 weeks of age, 83 percent of controls were being breastfed, compared to only 50 percent of SIDS infants.
Exclusive breastfeeding at one month cut the risk of SIDS in half. Partial breastfeeding at this point was also tied to a reduced risk.
Reuters March 2, 2009