“The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations,” according to a new study published in Pediatrics. Read the CNN report here: “Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars.”
The authors highlight practices that undermine breastfeeding such as delays in allowing mothers and babies to be together skin-to-skin, a practice that captures and reinforces a newborn’s instinct to suckle properly.
When breastfeeding falls short of expectations, it is generally because support for breastfeeding falls short of mothers’ and babies’ needs. It is good to see media attention to the idea that breastfeeding support is a community responsibility.