Breastfeeding saves lives and money

The excess annual cost in 2007 dollars associated with the current poor levels of adherence compared with 90% compliance was:

* $4.7 billion and 447 excess deaths due to sudden infant death syndrome
* $2.6 billion due to 249 excess deaths from necrotizing enterocolitis
* $1.8 billion due to 172 excess deaths from lower respiratory tract infections
* $908 million due to otitis media
* $601 million due to atopic dermatitis
* $592 million due to childhood obesity

The largest proportion of these costs — 74% — was associated with premature deaths, although the price for more common conditions, such as otitis media and childhood obesity, was still substantial, the researchers noted.

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