WIC is a terrific resource. It improves the United State's infant mortality rate (Infant mortality rate: total: 6.37 deaths/1,000 live births male: 7.02 deaths/1,000 live births female: 5.68 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)) It provides nutrition education. It provides much needed breastfeeding support. It provided 1.4usd billion in formula rebates in 2000 (WIC and the Retail Price of Formula).
Imagine how much money the government would have saved if some, most, or all of those formula fed infants were breastfed. What is the current economic situation of the government?
- Bailouts to banks
- tax rebates to stimulate the economy
- tax cuts to try and slow the deeper flow into the red
- record military and defense spending
- a whopper of a budget deficit
*learn more about how the United States government spends its money.
It seems like this country needs to take a stand against the marketing practices of artificial baby milk companies. A person can't even think about having a baby without seeing an ad for artificial baby milk. The cultural norm is to formula feed the baby. What happened to feeding a human baby human milk?
My solution is to have WIC stop providing artificial baby milk unless deemed medically necessary (less than 25% of the population would have a medical reason for artificial baby milk).
Infant formula, artificial baby milk, or whatever you want to call it is NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS BREASTMILK.