Journal article

The cost of not breastfeeding: global results from a new tool (Walters, D., 2019. Health Policy and Planning)

Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Research
Location: Global
Language(s): English
Audience: Health and service providers, Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Policy advocacy, Strategic use of data
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A billion dollars and two thousand lives, every day. This impactful study, which is the foundation for Alive and Thrive’s online tool, examines the human and economic costs of not breastfeeding. Each year, $340 billion in unnecessary healthcare costs and cognitive losses, as well as 700,000 lives of mothers and infants are lost due to inadequate breastfeeding. This data calls for scaling up financing and implementation of policies, programs and interventions worldwide to create enabling environments that support breastfeeding mothers.