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Table 2 Potential reduction in costs associated with an increase in breastfeeding under conservative cost assumptions following the Getting It Right From the Start intervention

From: The economic benefits of increasing kangaroo skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding in neonatal units: analysis of a pragmatic intervention in clinical practice

Clinical condition* Unit cost (£) North trent network Yorkshire & Humber Total notional reduction in costs
(47%) Network (52%)
Reduction in no of babies affected by condition Notional reduction in costs (£) Reduction in no of babies affected by condition Notional reduction in costs (£)  
Otitis media 37 10 370 175 6,488 6,858
Infectious or non infectious gastroenteritis 830 2 1,660 40 33,149 34,809
NEC in LBW infants 6,390 1 6,390 13 83,070 89,460
NEC in VLBW infants 15,464 0 0 2 29,624 29,624
Asthma 37 1 37 16 577 614
  1. *NEC: necrotising enterocolitis.
  2. LBW: low birth weight.
  3. VLBW: very low birth weight.