A recent blog post invited readers to participate in a survey examining knowledge about infant nutrition. Results revealed many misconceptions. Every day this week, a blog post will address the basic facts and the most frequent misconceptions about infant formula and breastfeeding.
Breastmilk is the elixir for optimal development. Breastmilk is like a full-course menu for a child. In comparison, baby formula is like stale bread and water. (See our other posts this week for more information.*)
This posting is a preview of costs.
NOT giving infants years of breastfeeding is VERY EXPENSIVE.
When your fellow citizens are not breastfed, it costs you. If you were not breastfed, it is costing you. It is costly for all members of society, whether or not you are a parent or grandparent. Here is a quick summary of information we'll present this week (see the references at the end of each post to come).
Health costs to society and taxpayers. People who are breastfed are less likely to be get a host of mental and physical diseases throughout life and are less likely to end up in prison.
Why is having healthy children in your neighborhood and across the country good for you? Breastfed kids are smarter and less aggressive, as well as healthier across the board.
Why is breastfeeding better for families? Less infection, less disease. Better mom-child bonding. And it is much faster and cheaper than formula.
Why is breastfeeding better for moms? Mothers who breastfeed lose pregnancy weight faster and are less likely to get cancer.
People who feel healthy are friendlier, less aggressive and have more empathy. Wouldn't you prefer to have these kinds of neighbors in your community?
Find out more about breastfeeding's importance and formula's inadequacies in the posts this week.
POSTS IN THIS SERIES*
Post #2 discusses assumptions about infant formula that are wrong.
Post #3 discusses myths about infant formula.
Post #4 discusses the TREMENDOUS benefits of doing what is normal: breastfeeding.
Post #5 addresses myths about breastfeeding.
**Check out our YouTube video on breastfeeding vs. formula.**
Post #6 discusses real truths about breastfeeding.
Post #7 provides links to resources for breastfeeding.
Post #8 summarizes take home messages from these posts.
Post #9 responds to critics of this post series.
Find out more about worldwide breastfeeding week here.
*My co-authors for posts 2-9 are Elizabeth Ledden and Stephanie Sieswerda.