Breast Feeding Could Save Billions of Dollars and 900 Baby Deaths Every Year

A new study calculates the cost in the United States of not breastfeeding infants in their first six months of life at $13 billion each year. However, some say it fails to take into account the costs women must pay to breastfeed in the first place.

The study bases the $13 billion estimate on the increased medical costs of diseases caused by a lack of breastfeeding.

The United States suffers more than 900 preventable deaths per year because breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations.  Substantial gains could be made with exclusive breastfeeding for 4 months and any breastfeeding at 6 months.