Human breast milk delivers health and developmental properties that extend throughout an individual’s lifetime. The expectations of human breastmilk are profound as an infant consistently receiving breast milk for the duration of one year can experience advanced cognitive development, fewer instances of illness via high concentrations of antibodies absorbed from breast milk, and fewer instances of disease development such as Type II Diabetes in adulthood.
According to an article published in Acacia Neonatal, studies have shown that a minimum of $3.6 billion could be saved within communities and the healthcare industry alike if breastfeeding was increased from 64 percent to 75 percent. Just nine percent!
The greatest need for exclusive breast milk consumption lies within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU. The NICU is where premature infants are placed to receive specialized care within a hospital setting so that healthy development can be established. If breast milk consumption increased within the confines of the NICU alone, substantial health and financial improvements can occur which include a reduction of necrotizing enterocolitis (inflammation or death of intestinal tissue) by up to 86%, reduction in hospital readmissions by up to 60%, and a significant reduction in sepsis (presence of harmful bacteria in tissue).
The article goes on to state that increasing volumes of breast milk during the first 28 days among the low birth weight infant population can decrease the occurrence of sepsis, translating into a savings of $20,000-$30,000 per infant! Consider additional cost savings that can take place through the use of breast milk:
- Omission of commercial formula costs
- Additional fees for healthcare management when illness occurs including physician, facility/hospital, laboratory, and even procedural fees are lessened
- Parents of breastfed babies are less likely to miss work in order to care for as sick child as well, making breast milk an even more economical option.
Insurance companies also recognize the health advantages and cost savings breast milk provides. Insurance companies have responded by offering coverage for breastfeeding equipment and supplies to pregnant or lactating mothers.
If you are interested in learning if your insurance policy will cover the cost of a double electric breast pump, Aeroflow Breastpumps can help. Simply submit your information here and an Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpump Specialist will evaluate your policy guidelines and contact you in just a few business days. Once coverage is determined, the Breastpump Specialist will discuss product options with you to help you decide which breast pump option is the best fit for you and your baby.
The numbers don’t lie, breast milk has a lifetime of benefits to offer. Make owning a breast pump through insurance your next step to significantly changing the healthcare trajectory for you and your baby.