August 12- What's an eco-friendly organization that you could get behind and support?
Isn't that eco-friendly?
It's always available, in the right amount, at the right temperature, at the right time.
It prevents illnesses, including obesity.
It's a renewable resource.
It prevents death.
How much more convincing do you need?
You may have guessed by now that I'm talking about breastfeeding. As an alumnus of La Leche League International, I am a champion of breastfeeding and of this organization's message. I didn't intend to spend a lot of time on this article, but as usual, I got sucked into the internet search blackhole. Also, this is not a post on the advantages of breastfeeding over formula feeding, although even WebMD lists 10 of them compared to the two it lists for bottlefeeding.
One of the reasons I consider breastfeeding to be ecologically sound is that it has the potential for reducing our national debt. I did a search for data on the economic burden on our country by considering just the impact made by WIC giving formula to their clients. It is hard to find current figures---the most recent I could find was 2008 in an article from UPI, an international press reporting service. It reported that
- the federal program with arguably the greatest practical influence over the nation's infant-feeding practices--the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC--continues to distribute more than half the infant formula sold in the U.S. each year. That formula, which is provided to WIC at a discount, cost taxpayers an estimated $627 million in 2008, the most recent figure available (equivalent to a $2 billion value on the retail market).
These figures are based only on the cost of formula. It doesn't take into consideration the amount of money a family spends on bottles, bags, etc., or on the medical costs associated with increased illnesses in bottle-fed babies.
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