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Timing! Breast-feeding Save Lives, Money

From the always there when the Obama administration needs it, Associated Press:

Study: Breast-feeding would save lives, money

By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

April 5, 2010

CHICAGO – The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.

Those startling results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are only an estimate. But several experts who reviewed the analysis said the methods and conclusions seem sound

The findings suggest that there are hundreds of deaths and many more costly illnesses each year from health problems that breast-feeding may help prevent. These include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and even childhood leukemia

Among the benefits: Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight infections; it also can affect insulin levels in the blood, which may make breast-fed babies less likely to develop diabetes and obesity.

Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t childhood obesity Michelle Obama’s official new cause?

The analysis studied the prevalence of 10 common childhood illnesses, costs of treating those diseases, including hospitalization, and the level of disease protection other studies have linked with breast-feeding.

The $13 billion in estimated losses due to the low breast-feeding rate includes an economists’ calculation partly based on lost potential lifetime wages — $10.56 million per death

Did the CBO use these numbers in their estimate of the billions they claim ‘healthcare reform’ will save the US?

Dr. Larry Gray, a University of Chicago pediatrician, called the analysis compelling and said it’s reasonable to strive for 90 percent compliance

"We’d all love as pediatricians to be able to carry this information into the boardrooms by saying we all gain by small changes at the workplace" that encourage breast-feeding, Gray said

Isn’t it an amazing coincidence that Dr. Gray works at the University Of Chicago Hospital, where Mrs. Obama used to be an executive in charge of ‘community outreach’?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Timing! Breast-feeding Save Lives, Money”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I am really wondering what is the point – as this information is not new at all – has been known (and silenced) for decades (Read The Politics of Breastfeeding or Milk, Money & Madness) to see how long the silence has been institutionalized in America – and the World.

    There is no money to be made in nursing a child – so it is not financially worth it to any Big Corp to push it. But there is BIG money to be made in the use of formula, the paraphernalia and the resulting illness (lifelong for both mother & child). And since the Li(e)brals are so about dumbing down the masses – I would suspect that is another reason that they discourage breastfeeding, as it has been proven that it adds IQ points to the baby’s brain.

    I guess even though for the entire 15 years I was a lay counselor in the breastfeeding biz – breastfeeding was a ‘lifestyle’ choice and we weren’t supposed to be so aggressive about ‘pushing’ it – now that Uncle Obama is going to mandate healthcare (and thus healthcare choices) it will be a directive from Dear Leader.

    At least the chosen few of future American children allowed to survive pregnancy to be born will be better able to handle the crappy healthcare and stoic living conditions that face them.

    • canary says:

      Ward mama, I don’t think it’s been silenced for decades. Here breast feeding is the norm. Doctors say even if it’s for the first few weeks.

    • FCAFlyer says:

      Exactly. You mean, doing it God’s way, the way He designed us is the best way? What a shocker! No money in that, and it will never be explained that way in our dear leader’s newspapers.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Boy, I sure wish this hadn’t come to this august forum via the execrable artifice of Dr. Gray, the BigZeroes and the Univ of Chicago. Because the lack of breast feeding is in fact damaging developing children’s immune systems. And no … that’s not a topic that can be easily bottom lined in a pithy comment. It’s a complicated and complex scenario.

    1. The recent trail of breast feeding articles begins in 2008, not with Dr. Gray –

    2. Colostrum in mother’s milk is a singularly critical component in a well developed immune system in infants; it is a major factor in creating a healthy digestive tract, where almost all allergic reactions and asthma related difficulties begin. The digestive tract being close to 90% of our immune system. Dietary replacement infant formulas do not contain natural colostrum. The result is obvious.

    3. I postulate that Dr. Gray, et al are seizing upon the work of others to feather their own nests and advance the socialist causes of their masters in Washington. As any aggressive, opportunistic virus will do.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    When do we get a study of how many $billions are lost to the government takeover of healthcare?
    How about a study of how many $billions of damage is caused by Leftist fear mongering or longer lines at hospitals and clinics, fewer doctors per patient, less pay for health professionals, less money for tests and treatment…?

  4. proreason says:

    Think of the health benefits from walking to work.

    Because you are going to be doing so in the near future if the fascists complete their takeover of the country.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Now-now-now hold on here. We’re gonna need this milk to be properly regulated. We’re not gonna tax tha babies. It’s the supplier. She’ll have to cover the cost of regulation somehow.

    “Theyr’e still “she”, right?” – RB

    • canary says:

      Especially, regulate the breast milk in slums where the mothers do drugs which can be passed on to the baby.

      The health care bill requires that employers with 50 or more workers have to provide breaks a room for women to express breast milk for 1 year.

      Dr. Larry Gray “.. strive for 90 percent “compliance.”

      sooo. those that don’t comply will be taxed? jailed? have their child taken away?” or will you be required to buy another women’s breast milk, which there are women that do this. The govt should test it too.

      Oh, and according to Obama, Michele breast fed, he even warmed the bottle of expressed milk on occasion, but as the girls got older, they all were putting on weight and the doctor explained that they needed to make healthier choices, so they cut out too much fast food.

      And we now know, while Obama appears to be slim, the weight he does carry is mostly fat per volume from too many tator tots on Air-Force One.

      On Huckabee, when Michelle explained her new 1st lady roll, she repeatedly said the government would implement it, and that she had personal experience, which is when I recalled Obama’s words on the family diet kick.

  6. JohnMG says:

    I’ve yet to see the color of the SOB that will dictate that my grandkids and great-grandkids be breast fed! It’s none of their f-ing business!

    Maybe if Obama hadn’t been spoon-fed a continuous diet of communist propaganda, he might have amounted to something other than a festering pile of camel dung.

    As well, no one calculated the costs to the businesses in lost productivity and infrastructure, along with the loss of tax revenues.

    Such rot!!

  7. joeblough says:

    Well, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Although, if I was standing out in a monsoon and Red Hussein told me it was raining I’d drop my umbrella just to make sure.

    So far as I know the benefits of normal human milk over the alternatives has been well known and widely acknowledged for decades and decades.

    It might be interesting to track the decline of the practice and try to account for it. Why do I suspect that chasing all the women out into the market place and promoting the idea that there are no meaningful differences between women and men has something to do with it?

    Anyway, if Red Hussein is promoting the idea you can bet he believes that some business will lose money by it.

  8. Mithrandir says:

    Wow, the gov’t now telling us, and mandating the obvious.

    Why is it that back in the 60s, the LIBERALS were all about freedom and getting ‘the man’ off our backs.

    The CONSERVATIVES always talk about getting gov’t off our backs.

    ~ ~ ~ So, why in the world do we have big government then, if both the left and the right hate fascist government telling them what to do all the time? ~ ~ ~

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    Hey …

    I’m actually big on breast milk/breast feeding!

    Just lovvvvvvvve those containers!!!

    Just sayin’, ya’ know!

  10. 11ten1775 says:

    As usual, the libs preen and posture about topics like this, all the while encouraging the opposite. WIC provides formula for free. Is that going to change? A few years ago, I actually heard a woman say, “Thank goodness for WIC, or I’d have to breastfeed!” And this new mandate for nursing rooms at places of business… One of the greatest indicators of whether or not a woman breastfeeds long term is whether or not she stays home with her baby. Are the libs going to encourage women to leave the work force? I think not. They are currently doing all they can to make sure a man can’t provide for his family.

    I’m guessing the “keep your laws off my body” crowd won’t have much to say about this, either. You see, breastfeeding will be a moral issue. Killing babies, not so much. And besides, how big of an issue will breastfeeding be once we turn into a nation of permanently dependent adolescents, like the Euros? Babies will be too much of a bother.

    And why did they use a photo of Filipino women in hospital gowns breastfeeding? It’s an awful picture. If the AP wants to keep trying to gather support for Obamacare, they shouldn’t remind us of the deplorable conditions that will accompany it.

  11. U NO HOO says:

    tax on soda?

    tax on enfamil?

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    Taxing Breast Milk?! The “Tit Tax” if you will. (pardon my French).

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