This a great piece written by Katrina Pavlick about the benefits of breastfeeding on a larger scale.
“The data tell us that mothers who breast-feed reduce their own risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Their breast-fed children also have lower chances for chronic diseases, obesity and sudden infant death syndrome. Breast-feeding mothers who work outside the home save their employers money, missing fewer work days, staying in their jobs longer and visiting the doctor’s office less often. A 2010 study featured in Pediatrics claimed that if 90 percent of moms breast-fed exclusively for the first six months of their children’s lives, we could collectively save $13 billion annually in health care costs alone (yes, that’s billion) and prevent the deaths of about 900 individuals each year, almost all of them infants.”
You cannot argue with many of these statistics. Breastfeeding is so much more than feeding a baby. It has so many health benefits that we continue to learn more about each day. Let’s help our babies thrive, by making breastfeeding a priority in our community!
And stay tuned for an announcement in the near future…I am going to start a new breastfeeding support group soon. Curious? More to follow friends!
Here is the article from the Chicago Tribune: