Share on Pinterest Breastfeeding does not cost anything, unlike formula. Breastfeeding does not require a financial investment. It is possible to breastfeed without any special supplies or equipment. For people concerned about the costs of raising a child, breastfeeding may offer significant savings. Women who breastfeed may miss fewer days of work to care for unwell infants, potentially reducing the risk of lost income due to unpaid sick leave. Even if women decide to invest heavily in nursing supplies or require the assistance of a lactation consultant, they can still save money due to the cost of formula.
Canada[ edit ] In Canada , Section 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives equal rights and freedoms to men and women , without explicitly mentioning breastfeeding. Both British Columbia  and Ontario  have included protections against discrimination due to breastfeeding in their provincial Human Rights Codes. In both provinces, discrimination due to breastfeeding is included in existing protections against discrimination based on sex. INFACT Canada Infant Feeding Action Coalition is a national non-governmental organization that aims to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices. A woman asked in at a shop by an employee to stop breastfeeding publicly, supported by a manager, later received an apology and acknowledgement of customers' right to breastfeed.
Mothers who breastfeed their infants have a lower risk of: Breast cancer. Type 2 Diabetes. High blood pressure. Human milk provides the best nutrition for most infants, including premature and sick newborns. However, there are rare exceptions when human milk or breastfeeding is not recommended.