THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING: A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS

A minimum of $3.6 billion would be saved if breastfeeding were increased from current levels (64 percent in-hospital, 29 percent at 6 months) to those recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General (75 and 50 percent). This figure is likely an underestimation of the total savings because it represents cost savings from the treatment of only three childhood illnesses: otitis media, gastroenteritis, and necrotizing enterocolitis. This report reviews breastfeeding trends and previous studies that assessed the economic benefits of breastfeeding.


Issue Date:
2001
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/33813
Total Pages:
15
Series Statement:
Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report Number 13




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