Lack of breastfeeding costs global economy nearly $1B every day: researchers

Lack of breastfeeding costs global economy nearly $1B every day: researchers

KUALA LUMPUR — Not enough breastfeeding costs the global economy almost $1 billion each day due to lost productivity and healthcare costs, researchers

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KUALA LUMPUR — Not enough breastfeeding costs the global economy almost $1 billion each day due to lost productivity and healthcare costs, researchers said on Friday, as health experts urged more support for nursing mothers.A new website developed by researchers in Canada and Asia showed that the world could have saved $341 billion each year if mothers breastfeed their children for longer, helping prevent early deaths and various diseases.Story continues below

READ MORE: How a same-sex couple can both breastfeed twinsKnown as the “Cost of Not Breastfeeding”, the online tool used data from a six-year study supported by the U.S.-based maternal and child nutrition initiative, Alive & Thrive.“It is a human right, it saves lives and improves the prosperity of economies,” Canada-based health economics expert Dylan Walters said about the importance of breastfeeding.Walters, who led the study of more than 100 countries, said the website was the first of its kind and aimed to help policymakers to measure economic losses in individual countries when they do not support breastfeeding.The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively at least their first six months, then have a diet of breast milk and other food until they are two years old.WATCH: The benefits of breastfeeding

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