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THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING: A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS

Jon P. Weimer

No 33813, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports from United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Abstract: A minimum of $3.6 billion would be saved if breastfeeding were increased from current levels (64 percent in-hospital, 29 percent at 6 months) to those recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General (75 and 50 percent). This figure is likely an underestimation of the total savings because it represents cost savings from the treatment of only three childhood illnesses: otitis media, gastroenteritis, and necrotizing enterocolitis. This report reviews breastfeeding trends and previous studies that assessed the economic benefits of breastfeeding.

Keywords: Food; Consumption/Nutrition/Food; Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15
Date: 2001
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.33813

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