I’ve known for a while, thanks to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, that the US would save a whopping 13 billion dollars a year if 90% of mothers could (or would) breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months of life. Not only that, but 911 infant lives would be saved annually. This profound bit of information shows us the impact that breastfeeding can make for not only a child, but for our entire population. With this information in mind, I sat down and created this meme shown above.
I’ve also included a portion of the abstract from the study cited above:
Results: If 90% of US families could comply with medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United States would save $13 billion per year and prevent an excess 911 deaths, nearly all of which would be in infants ($10.5 billion and 741 deaths at 80% compliance).
Conclusions: Current US breastfeeding rates are suboptimal and result in significant excess costs and preventable infant deaths. Investment in strategies to promote longer breastfeeding duration and exclusivity may be cost-effective.
Source: click here to read original abstract.