According to a new report from UNICEF, the slightest uptick in the breastfeeding rates will save millions of dollars annually in health care costs.
Just a little more breastfeeding would keep thousands of infants out of the hospital for gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, and ear infections.
We know that breastfeeding is great for babies, making them stronger and healthier, giving them more immunity to infection and disorders like eczema.
But it turns out there are also massive health benefits for the mother, as breastfeeding can lower the odds of getting cancer!
The UK study also found that if mothers who did not breastfeed were to breastfeed for 18 months instead, 865 fewer women would get breast cancer every year!
Head researcher Mary Renfrew of Dundee University says:
"This research shines a spotlight on the profound protective effects which breastfeeding has on both mother and child.
It is clear that putting resources into supporting women to breastfeed successfully would be hugely cost effective to the NHS, as well as preventing the distress and pain felt by a mother who has a bad experience of breastfeeding."
Anything that helps to save the lives of women and babies we are all for! Seeing some boobs every now and then is a small price to pay for health!
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