Exclusive breastfeeding lower the cost of Medication

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Approximately 18 percent of mothers in Australia is still giving breast milk to their infants until the age of six months. According to the findings of a study of the United States (U.S.), which is published recently, increasing the percentage of babies breastfed until six months really could save lives of children. Research shows, the lives of 911 babies in the United States could be saved each year if the percentage of breastfeeding mothers during the first six months increases about 43 percent to 90 percent.

Furthermore, a study quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday (13/4/2010) reveals, the increase in breastfeeding mothers also saves health care costs amounted to 13 billion USD  in one year. These results are obtained after researchers analyzed the cost of disease prevalence of 10 children in general and the costs directly associated with treatment, as well as indirect costs such as lost work time.

Nevertheless, Melissa Bartick of Harvard Medical School, said that health benefits associated with breastfeeding is still very undervalued. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeeding the baby until six months since the baby’s birth.

The findings, published online in the journal Pediatrics revealed that hundreds of babies die every year because it was not given breast milk exclusively. In addition, expenditures for medical expenses much more expensive every year. These include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, and even leukemia.

And the simplest way to prevent this condition is breast feeding. Dr Rod Hunt from the Royal Children’s Hospital said that breastfeeding is beneficial both for mother and the baby.

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