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Table 3 Potential reduction in costs associated with an increase in breastfeeding under maximum 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 6,471 6,840
Infectious or non infectious gastroenteritis 1,599 2 3,198 40 63,862 67,060
NEC in LBW infants 29,075 1 29,075 13 377,975 407,050
NEC in VLBW infants 48,884 0 0 2 93,646 93,646
Asthma 1,753 1 1,753 16 27,345 29,097
  1. *NEC: necrotising enterocolitis.
  2. LBW: low birth weight.
  3. VLBW: very low birth weight.