While reading a website about the benefits of breastfeeding today I found some really interesting information and I decided to share it on my facebook wall and on Instinctual Mamas wall:
Repost this on your walls to try to encourage ALL people to support breastfeeding:
Think breastfeeding has no impact on your life because you don't have children or you're not a woman? Think again. Here's a great reason for YOU to support breastfeeding women. If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per month. Yes, BILLIONS every year.
It made me want to blog...
Imagine what the government could do with all of that money? Especially when you take into consideration not only the cost of formula itself but the excess healthcare costs for illnesses in formula-fed infants (e.g., office visits, hospitalizations, and prescriptions.) In 2001, the USDA concluded that if breastfeeding rates were increased to 75 percent at birth and 50 percent at six months, it would lead to a national government savings of a minimum of $3.6 billion. This amount was easily an underestimation since it represents savings in the treatment of only three of the dozens of illnesses proven to be decreased by breastfeeding: ear infections, gastroenteritis, and necrotizing enterocolitis.
The AAP says each formula-fed infant costs the healthcare system between $331 and $475 more than a breastfed baby in its first year of life. The cost of treating respiratory viruses resulting from not breastfeeding is $225 million a year.
I can go on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding but I will leave it at that and let these numbers speak for themselves.
Now EVERYONE who lives in this country and pays taxes has every reason to support every breastfeeding Mother he sees or speaks to. Breastfeeding might not interest you or be your passion like it is mine but you can make a difference. Whether it's just reposting this blog or telling someone about it or giving a nursing Mama thumbs up, be supportive! It will make an impact.
Added today 3/7/11 after I saw a few debates about this on facebook:
If you think that this post is saying something negative about people who are on WIC you're reading it wrong. It's just a fact. It's just numbers.
The fac...t of the matter is if more women had support to breastfeed they might make the decisi...on to breastfeed instead of formula feed since breastmilk is free for everyone thus costing the government less money that they could "hopefully" put to better use. We just want more support, if you haven't breastfed you would be surprised to learn how hard breastfeeding can be when you don't have support, its the most unnatural natural thing in the US where only about 25-30% of women breastfeed.
By saying that bottle feeding costs taxpayers money it puts it into a different perspective for the average Joe Shmoe who never thought it affected him. Maybe next time he will make more of an effort to make his employee more comfortable while nursing at work and possibly give her more time to pump. Maybe he will give the next nursing Mother he sees a thumbs up instead of looking away or giving a dirty look.
I'm very passionate about breastfeeding and I'm trying to make a difference and I believe I will. My blog has been viewed almost 400 times (scratch that-800 times!) since I posted it last night and it was shared on facebook almost 300 times so if just one Joe Shmoe changes his perspective on breastfeeding and is kinder to just one breastfeeding Mother, I have made a difference ♥