The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding for at least the next six months, during which time appropriate complementary foods are added to the infant’s diet.

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Infants & Children

  • Decreased risk of ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and gastroenteritis in infancy

  • Decreased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), leading causes of infant death

  • Reduced incidence of childhood obesity, asthma, hypertension and some cancers

  • Improved IQ, academic performance and long-term productivity

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Mothers & Families

  • Decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers for mothers

  • Reduces risk of mothers developing rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and high cholesterol

  • Strengthens mothers’ bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis

  • Saves families $1,100-1,500 on formula expenses in the 1st year of an infant’s life

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Businesses & Economy

  • Offers a 3-to-1 return on investment for businesses

  • Helps attract valued employees and lowers turnover rates

  • Boosts employee job satisfaction, morale, loyalty and productivity

  • Reduces $312 million in annual healthcare costs in the U.S.

  • Results in fewer insurance claims and decreased employee absenteeism due to better infant health

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  • Reduces global carbon footprint as it generally requires no packing, fuel to prepare or transportation to deliver

  • Does not create pollution or require disposal in landfill

  • Creates a naturally renewable food source which is complete source of babies’ nutrition for the first 6 months of life

(From Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition - Supporting Breastfeeding with Public Policy)

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