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Why Breastfeeding?

Babies, mothers and Kansas all benefit when hospitals support breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can help lower a baby's risk of:

• Asthma

• Obesity

• Type 1 diabetes

• Severe lower respiratory disease

• Ear infections

• Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

• Gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea/vomiting)

• Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for preterm infants

Breastfeeding can help lower a mother’s risk of:

• High blood pressure

• Type 2 diabetes

• Ovarian cancer

• Breast cancer

How does Kansas benefit from breastfeeding?

• Breastfeeding can save families between $1,200–$1,500 in expenditures on infant formula in the first year alone.

• Breastfeeding leads to better infant health, which equates to fewer health insurance claims, less employee time off to care for sick children, and higher productivity.

• Mutual of Omaha found that health care costs for newborns are three times lower for babies whose mothers participate in the company’s employee maternity and lactation program.

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