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Welcome to the Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan website!
This page provides handouts and information for use by health professionals wanting to support breastfeeding families with accurate evidence-based fact sheets and resources. It is also a place for families to look up handouts and information on common concerns.
- A moderate increase in breastfeeding rates shown to have a
protective effect revealed potential annual savings to the NHS
from of about £40 million per year. True cost savings are
likely to be much higher from breastfeeding’s protective
effects on a mere handful of illnesses.
- Investment in effective services to increase and sustain breastfeeding
rates is likely to provide a return within a few years, possibly
as little as one year.
- Research into the extent of the burden of disease associated
with breastfeeding rates is hampered by data collection methods.
This can be addressed by investment in good quality research.
New UNICEF UK report reveals breastfeeding could save
the NHS millions
A major new piece of research, released today and commissioned
by UNICEF UK, reveals that low breastfeeding rates in the UK
are costing the NHS millions of pounds.
The report, Preventing disease and saving resources:
the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates
in the UK, takes an in-depth look at how raising
breastfeeding rates would save money through reducing illness.
Calculations from a mere handful of illnesses, where the evidence
is strongest, show that moderate increases in breastfeeding
could see potential annual savings to the NHS of millions of
pounds per year. However, this is likely to be only the tip
of the iceberg when the full range of conditions affected by
breastfeeding are taken into account.
The report has been produced over the last two years by a
multi-university academic team including Dundee University,
Oxford University, University of York, Brunel University, and
St George’s, University of London, as well as the National
The report findings show:
- For just five illnesses (breast cancer in the mother,
and gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, middle ear infections
and necrotising enterecolitis (NEC) in the baby),
moderate increases in breastfeeding would translate into cost
savings for the NHS of £40 million and tens of thousands
fewer hospital admissions and GP consultations.
- Narrative analyses on three conditions - cognitive
ability, childhood obesity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS) – indicate that modest improvements
in breastfeeding rates would have significant impacts on these
outcomes worth millions of pounds and, in the case of SIDS,
- A further set of eight outcomes, including, diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, ovarian cancer and asthma,
had a plausible link between breastfeeding and reduced incidence,
but stronger evidence is needed. The authors suggest these
could form an agenda for further research.
Policy document available at:
Full report retrieved from: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Baby_Friendly/Research/