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NHS could save over £40m a year if women breast fed for longer

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7464 (Published 05 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7464
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The NHS could save more than £40m (€51m; $63m) every year if women in the United Kingdom breast fed their babies for longer, researchers have estimated. These savings do not depend on persuading more women to breast feed, they said, but rather on helping those who do so to extend the duration of breast feeding.

The study, published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood, said that the savings would …

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