The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States: A Pediatric Cost Analysis

Melissa Bartick, MD, MSca, Arnold Reinhold, MBAb
aDepartment of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and
bAlliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, Boston, Massachusetts

Background and Objective: A 2001 study revealed that $3.6 billion could be saved if breastfeeding rates were increased to levels of the Healthy People objectives. It studied 3 diseases and totaled direct and indirect costs and cost of premature death. The 2001 study can be updated by using current breastfeeding rates and adding additional diseases analyzed in the 2007 breastfeeding report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality… Full Article

Published online April 5, 2010
PEDIATRICS (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1616)