NEWS: The Economic Value of Breast Milk
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|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?
HEALTH CARE SAVINGS FROM BREASTFEEDING
In 1997, nursing professor Jan Riordan