Breast-feeding can save lives, study says

Mothers are urged to breast-feed their new-born babies up to at least 6 months.

The journal Pediatrics released a new study claiming that the lives of nearly 900 babies in the United States can be saved each year if 90% of mothers will breast-feed their new born babies for 6 months.

It has also been discovered that $13 billion could also be saved.  Some illnesses such as stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and childhood leukemia could be prevented by breast-feeding. There are also other factors than can be avoided such as missing time from work due to attending to a sick child.

Breast milk helps babies fight infections because it contains antibodies. It can also affect the insulin level of the blood.