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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.