Here’s another interesting infographic that looks at both maternity leave and breastfeeding rates in some developed countries. There are a number of studies that show a positive correlation between length of maternity leave and breastfeeding rates, but it is hard to see major trends in this particular graphic. There are many variables that influence breastfeeding rates from country to country, and maternity leave is only one of them.
There’s been a lot of discussion about paid maternity leave in the US. As part of having an informed discussion, an idea of the costs should be included since part of implementing universal maternity leave includes collecting the money. I tried to find an estimate of the cost online, and was unsuccessful. Therefore, I’m putting together my own estimate.
Better Births, Lower Costs Safer, less expensive maternity care is slowly taking hold. America spends a larger percentage of its gross domestic product on health care than any other industrialized nation, yet its citizens aren’t healthier for it. This is especially true when it comes to childbirth… …United Healthcare found that 48 percent of newborns […]
An analysis that is missing half the equation I was pleased to see Melissa Bartick’s effort to appraise US policy-makers of the economic costs of suboptimal breastfeeding. However, any analysis that is missing the effects of lactation on maternal health will grossly underestimate the true costs to the US of suboptimal breastfeeding.