Cost Benefits of Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

The economics of breastfeeding is an exceptionally complex matrix of issues and perspectives. Human milk feedings - associated with reduced healthcare costs - have been known for many years to be financially beneficial to families, businesses, the environment and our national economy. These benefits are juxtaposed with health, financial and environmental concerns related to the use of infant formulas.

Our goal in this paper is to foster an appreciation for the economic benefit of human milk feedings while illuminating some of the obvious, and not so obvious, factors in this multidimensional equation.

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  • The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States: A Pediatric Cost Analysis - journal article
  • The Initial Maternal Cost of Providing 100 mL of Human Milk for Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - journal article
  • A Case Study on the Economic Impact of Optimal Breastfeeding - journal article

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