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Publication Date

August 6, 2012



How Increasing WIC Breastfeeding Rates Will Affect WIC Expenditures: Saving Money While Meeting the Goals of Healthy People 2020

By Hartman H, Hayes J, Youngmin Y

This report analyzes the cost structure of WIC food packages in relation to breastfeeding, including estimates of total spending on each of the different packages, and estimates of total costs from simulations if Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals were reached.

This study examines the cost structure of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages for mother/infant pairs and how food package costs to WIC would be af- fected by changes in rates of breastfeeding among the mothers of infants participating in the WIC program. The research represents a continuation of earlier Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analyses of the impact of healthcare reform on rates of breastfeeding and is part of IWPR’s broader emphasis on women’s health issues. The research was made possible by a contract from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Date Added
November 15, 2017

Hartmann, H, Jayes, J & Yi, Y 2012, How increasing WIC breastfeeding rates will affect WIC expenditures: Saving money while meeting the goals of Healthy People 2020. Washington: Institute for Women's Policy Research. Available at: https://iwpr.org/publications/how-increasing-breastfeeding-rates-will-affect-wic-expenditures-saving-money-while-meeting-the-goals-of-healthy-people-2020/. Available online: https://iwpr.org/publications/how-increasing-breastfeeding-rates-will-affect-wic-expenditures-saving-money-while-meeting-the-goals-of-healthy-people-2020/