In addition, breastfeeding provides significant economic benefits.
A detailed pediatric cost analysis based on a report prepared by the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) concluded that if 90% of US mothers would comply with the recommendation to breastfeed for 6 months, there would be a savings of $13 billion per year.3
Each baby that is breastfed for six months provides an estimated healthcare cost savings of $3,172 per infant.3
Preterm infants who receive breast milk for >50% of their feedings in the first 14 days of life have a six-fold decrease in developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This can decrease cost and length of stay, saving $74,000 per case and 12 additional days for medical NEC and $198,000 for 43 additional days per case of surgical NEC.4, 5