The study highlights the importance of policies that enable breastfeeding women, according to study author Alison Stuebe of the University of North Carolina in the US ..
The researchers said their findings underscore the importance of providing women with the support they need to breastfeed their babies, which begins at birth.
“Breastfeeding is much more beneficial in the prevention of disease and reduce costs than previously estimated,” said lead author Melissa Bartick, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in the US ..
“The results should force all hospitals to develop programs to help new mothers learn to breastfeed their babies,” Bartick said.
The researchers modeled two groups for the study. The “best group”, in which most mothers breastfed as recommended and the ‘sub-optimal’ group, in which the mothers breastfed at current rates in the US, which are less patterns recommended.
The use of existing research data and government fees and costs of diseases that breastfeeding is known to reduce, along with the fees and costs of early deaths from these diseases were shown.
diseases of children included in the evaluation were acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ear infections, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, gastrointestinal infections, infections of the lower respiratory tract, obesity, necrotizing enterocolitis, and sudden death syndrome infant (SIDS).
For mothers, the study included breast cancer, ovarian cancer before menopause, diabetes, hypertension and heart attacks.
Researchers found that suboptimal breastfeeding was associated with more than 3,340 premature deaths in the US each year, it is costing the country 3 billion in medical expenses, 1.3 billion dollars in indirect costs and 14.2 billion dollars in costs related to premature deaths.
Most of the excess mortality and medical costs – almost 80 percent – were maternal
“Breastfeeding has always been conceived as a matter of child health, however, is clearly a health issue for women as well,” said Eleanor Bimla Schwarz of the University of California, Davis, in the United States. UU ..
“Breastfeeding helps prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease, however, many women have no idea of breastfeeding have any of these benefits,” Schwarz said.