Breastfeeding is a women’s health issue
In the first study ever to combine maternal and pediatric health outcomes from breastfeeding in a single model, Harvard researcher Dr. Melissa Bartick and colleagues published a new study showing that most of the impact from optimal breastfeeding the US in on maternal health. The researches modeled maternal and child health outcomes given current suboptimal breastfeeding rates and compared them to health outcomes with optimal breastfeeding, defined as 90% of women exclusively breastfeeding each child for six month and continue to breastfeed for the first year of life. They looked at disease outcomes for 9 pediatric diseases and 6 maternal diseases and associated deaths and costs. Medical costs totaled $3 billion, non medical costs totaled $1.2 billion, and cost of premature death totaled $14.2 billion. The study was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Read the study here: bit.ly/BartickMCN
Read an interview about the study here: http://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2016/09/29/study-breastfeeding-moms-health