Breastfeeding offers society not only improved health of children and mothers but also economic and environmental benefits. Below are five reasons why breastfeeding is good for society.
#1 BREASTFEEDING SAVES LIVES
Recent research shows that if 90 percent of families breastfed exclusively for 6 months, nearly 1,000 deaths among infants could be prevented.
#2 BREASTFEEDING SAVES MONEY
The United States would also save $2.2 billion per year. This is because medical care costs are lower for fully breastfed infants than never-breastfed infants. Breastfed infants usually need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations.
#3 BREASTFEEDING IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Formula cans and bottle supplies create more trash and plastic waste. Your milk is a renewable resource that comes packaged and warmed.
#4 BREASTFEEDING HELPS MAKE A MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE
Mothers who breastfeed may miss less work to care for sick infants than mothers who feed their infants formula. Employer medical costs may also be lower.
Electricity or fuel are consumed in the preparation of infant formula. Breastfeeding requires no packaging, and its production does not harm the environment.