Breast for Environment


Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Environment

* Breastmilk is a natural, renewable resource which is intended to be fed to babies. Artificial milks are processed, non-renewable substitutes for this resource.

* There is no waste from breastmilk as it is produced according to baby’s demands.

* Breastmilk is tailored to the baby’s needs and so breastfed babies tend to defaecate less and often need fewer nappies.

* Breastmilk production does not pollute anything and can even remove the need for sanitary protection.

* Breastmilk is free, requires no extra packaging, is ready to use, does not have to be shipped across the world (but easily transported!) protects against infection and does not need a huge amount of promotional materials produced to sell baby milks.

* Breastmilk is completely environmentally safe, not to use it is a waste of a valuable resource.

Food for thought…

If every baby in the USA is bottle-fed, almost 86 000 tonnes of tin plate are used up in the required 550 million discarded baby milk tins. If these tins have paper labels around another 1230 tonnes of paper are added to the glossy paper used to promote the product. Whilst some of the tins may be reused, the majority of the metal and paper is simply thrown away and rarely recycled. Baby milks are now being sold in ready-to-use cartons which are made from a mixture of materials and are impossible to recycle.

If every mother in the UK breastfed her baby, 3000 tonnes of paper alone would be saved every year on sanitary protection products. The toll on the environment due to pulping, bleaching and other chemical processes, cotton and pesticides applied to these products, rayon and the dioxins produced during their manufacture must be added to this, as must the damage caused by packaging, transport and disposal.