Breastfeeding Could Save 820,000 Lives And $302 Billion Annually

Posted: Jan 29 2016, 7:31pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Breastfeeding Could Save 820,000 Lives and $302 Billion Annually
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  • Breast Feeding Encouraged Among New Mothers to Eradicate Disease

Research proves that breastfeeding is beneficial for mother and baby and can eradicate numerous diseases among both.

Every year as family health issues are discussed in government policies, many hospitals in the US are still shying away from their providing support for breast feeding mothers.

Women all across the globe including celebrities have taken a stand in favor of breast feeding. According to many women, it is the most natural thing that God has created. All animals breast feed their young and so should women. It is still one of the social taboo for women to breast feed.

In recent review in the health journal The Lancet, comprising over 1,300 research projects, it was proved once again that breast feeding is beneficial for both the mother and the baby.

Experts will tell you that breast feeding prevents the buildup of lactic acid in the mother’s body and also helps her lose pregnancy weight. Meanwhile the breast fed milk is like a vaccination for the baby and prevent the occurrence of 80% diseases among children.

That causes 820,000 children under the age of five that could be saved around the world annually if they were breast fed. The Lancet review also found that breastfeeding could add $302 billion into the global economy.

Still hospitals in America are not supporting mothers to breast feed and they prefer formula milk over breast milk. Even countries like Brazil, with political unrest, has managed to make some considerable social amendments to support breast feeding.

After observing the formula ads and analysis of researches, mother’s maternal leaves have been extended to 120 days to support breast feeding.

Mothers in Bangladesh are being offered support by door to door approach where the husband and the mother in laws of young mothers are also educated regarding the breast feeding. It has been found that the husband and mother in laws are very important to build a support system for the women.

The report stated that one third of respiratory infections and about half of all diarrhea attacks could be avoided in low- and middle-income countries through breast-feeding.

In high-income countries, breast-feeding cuts the risk of sudden infant deaths by more than one-third. Children who are breast-fed longer have been found to have higher intelligence than those who are breast-fed for shorter periods, the report said.

According to International Center for Equity in Health at the Federal University of Pelotas, the poorer countries are more aware of benefits of breast feeding and its nutritional benefits rather than the developed countries who are still very conservative about women breast feeding, especially breast feeding in public.

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