NEWS: The Economic Value of Breast Milk

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Registered: 10-01-2010
NEWS: The Economic Value of Breast Milk
Thu, 04-19-2012 - 3:29pm

The controversy about breastfeeding would be over if we counted breast milk production as part of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the same way that we count formula production. The $4 billion a year in US formula sales is part of the good news of our economy because of the distorted way that we count things. We don’t count the health savings from breastfeeding or the actual value of breast milk production in our GDP.

What would it look like if we did?


In 1997, nursing professor Jan Riordan