Think about it this way: breastfeeding produces no waste, is renewable and readily available on demand, requires no water or heat for sterilization, and does not contribute to landfills through nipples, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper labels, etc.
In contrast, baby formula does all these things, in addition to being responsible for allergic reactions and deaths
in approximately one and a half million babies a year.
Interested in reducing your “carbon footprint”? Look at all the things necessary
to produce formula and bottles for babies:
- The non-fat milk in infant formulas comes from cows. Cows have to eat (feed and water) and they need land to graze, which leads to deforestation.
- Manufacturing of bottles, nipples, and other feeding equipment uses large amounts of plastic, rubber, silicon, and glass.
- Plastic feeding bottles, nipples, and pacifiers take 200 to 450 years to break down when disposed of in landfills sites, which are becoming increasingly scarce.
- Transportation costs related to the shipping of formula is further adding to the problem of emissions from the trucks that deliver bottled formula around the world.
The benefits to mom and baby are widely published and shared through publications and doctor’s offices everywhere. These are additional benefits that moms-to-be can consider, while those not in that category (dads, grandparents, siblings, co-workers) can do their part to encourage breastfeeding as an environmentally-friendly option for moms to consider.