Stats on benefits of breastfeeding
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
More than $13 billion and 1,000 babies can be saved in the U.S. each year if nine out of 10 women breastfed exclusively for six months.
For every 1,000 babies not breastfed, there is an excess of 2,033 physician visits, 212 days in the hospital and 609 prescriptions.
Babies are healthier -- they have lower rates of respiratory infections, asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and lower rates of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Women who breastfeed lower their rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, postpartum depression, and they take less time off from work because their babies are healthier.
Benefits to employers (who support breastfeeding): higher morale, loyalty and increased productivity and employee retention.