We All Benefit promotes acceptance of breastfeeding in public spaces and increased workplace supports for nursing moms. We want to inspire people to adopt an attitude that supports and celebrates nursing moms whenever, wherever! Not all mothers can or choose to, but when more women do breastfeed, we all save money and stay healthier.
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Benefits for Everyone
Better health outcomes for babies and mothers mean health care savings for society as a whole. A 2010 study in the Journal of Pediatrics estimated that if 90% of U.S. families breastfed exclusively for 6 months, the U.S. would annually save $13 billion from reduced medical and other costs.
Benefits for Employers
Better infant health means parents take less time off to care for sick children. Employers benefit from lower health care costs, lower turnover and absentee rates, higher productivity and morale. Mutual of Omaha found that health care costs for newborns were three times less when mothers participated in the company’s maternity and lactation program.
Benefits for Families
Families who breastfeed can save between $1,200–$1,500 in formula expenditures in just the first year (“Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” 2011). Better infant health means fewer costly trips to the doctor or emergency room and less time off to care for sick children – often unpaid for people who are contracted or work hourly jobs.
Benefits for Mothers
Breastfeeding helps mothers bond with their babies and lose weight after pregnancy. Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers. For more on how breastfeeding benefits mothers, follow these links:
Benefits for Babies
Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses such as diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. In the longer term, babies breastfed for 6-12 months (recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics) are less likely to develop asthma or to become obese as they get older. For more on how breastfeeding benefits babies, follow this link to the Breastfeeding in America infographic