Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2016
Breastfeeding To Reduce World Poverty
This year we are exploring how breastfeeding helps us all meet the Unicef Sustainable Development Goals. Today we will focus on No Poverty
Breast feeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone. Breast feeding requires no cleaning or sterilizing of equipment. This means there is no cost for bottle, teats and cleaning equipment. Breast milk comes prepackaged in ready-made containers that store milk safely and deliver it free of charge. The extra cost to feed a breast feeding mother is equivalent to a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk a day!
Breast feeding also saves money on our health care system. A 2010 study published in the Pediatrics Journal showed that in the U.S. $13 billion dollars in health care costs could be saved each year if 90% of families breast fed for at least 6 months.
With support from our families, our employers and our society, 90% of mothers would be able to meet that goal.
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