There is a growing evidence base supporting breastfeeding as beneficial to the health of both mother and baby. Based on this evidence, the UK government now recognises the important contribution breastfeeding can make and has adopted the WHO’s recommendations to encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’slife.
Our Value for Money Tool enables you to calculate the value for money of your breastfeeding project, based on the best available evidence around the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child.
This tool is a first in providing real support to people responsible for delivering social marketing projects. In the current times of NHS efficiency savings demonstrating the costs and benefits of your project will be very valuable.
Richard Little, Health Economist, University of East Anglia
I have been most impressed by this tool and its development. The NSMC have been extremely thorough in ensuring that a high quality evidence base has been used to inform the calculations. It will give commissioners a detailed picture of the benefits their work has already achieved and can achieve in the future.
Julian Le Grand - Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics
Levels of obesity in England are increasing. A recent Health Survey for England showed that nearly 1 in 4 adults, and over 1 in 10 children aged between two and ten years, are obese.
This makes obesity a significant burden on the NHS as it can have a severe impact on people’s health, increasing the risk of type-2 diabetes, some cancers, and heart and liver disease.
The tool enables you to calculate your project's value for money based on: