A new article published in the journal Pediatrics states that breast feeding could save the lives of nearly 900 babies! Not only could lives be saved, but billions of dollars would also not have to be spent. But this would only be the case if 90% of US women breast fed their babies for the first six months of their lives.
Dr. Ruth Lawrence of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ breast-feeding section said: “The health care system has got to be aware that breast-feeding makes a profound difference.”
The study showed that breast feeding could prevent a large number of problems including:
– stomach viruses
– ear infections
– juvenile diabetes
– childhood leukemia
– Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Researchers are now calling Breast Feeding a public health issue – would you agree?