Breastfeeding is capable of saving our environment, a study says. Scientists have stated that the poor rates found in Britain are responsible for causing damages, which is equivalent to damages of 77,000 cars.
A team of researchers from London’s Imperial College has calculated a formula that calculates how much harm our planet suffers due to the infant formula. It not only produces greenhouse gases due to the consumption of milk from the cows. It also depletes water and electricity. Not only that, but it also provides waste.
Health leaders from different countries have always encouraged mothers to breastfeed their infants, at least for the first six months after they are born. The mother’s milk consists of all the required nutrients in essential quantities, which is instrumental in protecting the babies from the diseases.
Currently, Britain has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding as compared to other countries. Just 34 percent of British babies can receive mother’s milk at any stage.
According to the research done by scientists’ team, if an infant gets mother’s milk for six continuous months, then it would save around 95 to 153 kg of Carbon Dioxide per baby. Further, if all mothers follow this rule, then it would equate up to 77,000 cars on the roads each year.
The water footprint of the cow’s milk is 4700 per kg of the powder. Apart from that, the infant formula in the powdered form needs to be heated at 70 degrees Celsius. It is energy equivalent to the charging of 200 million smartphones per year.
The study was published in a popular journal named BMJ. The authors wrote that currently, our planet is on fire. The production of infant formulas in unnecessary amounts is harmful toour environment.