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Consequences of Not Breastfeeding (Using Infant Formula)

There are a number of potential risks associated with not breastfeeding (using infant formula).

There are also a number of potential health consequences of using infant formula.

For Baby - there is an increased risk of:

- infections and chronic illnesses

- upset stomach and gut

- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

- obesity

- some childhood cancers

For mother - there is an increased risk of:

- heavy bleeding after birth

- developing breast, or ovarian cancers, osteoporosis, or diabetes

As formula is produced in a factory and prepared at home, there is a risk of contamination. At home, parents could use an unsafe water source or mix the formula incorrectly. Be sure to check here for any recalls of infant formula products.

Not breastfeeding (using infant formula) will result in additional costs as it will cost about $1,800 to $2,000 a year to buy, make more garbage, increase health care costs with more visits to doctors and hospitals with sick children, and increase costs in the workplace as parents take time off to care for sick children.