The hidden cash value in breast-fed babies
Breastfeeding is not only good for the health of mother and child but also for the state’s coffers. Researchers from Brunel University in London have demonstrated this in the first study that analyses the economic benefits of natural breastfeeding in the UK. In fact, while it also reduces the risks of the baby developing serious diseases and of the mother developing breast cancer, it also reduces the public costs related to treating these diseases.
According to the calculations, encouraging mothers who breastfeed for just one week to extend the period to four months would bring savings of €14 million a year. While this would be €39.5 million if the number of those who normally breastfeed for 7-18 months was doubled.
Here, you can download the report: http://www.west-info.eu/the-hidden-cash-value-in-breast-fed-babies/arch-dis-child-2014-pokhrel-archdischild-2014-306701-2/