A link about the increasing % of mothers breastfeeding sent around by Erzsebel got me thinking: what is the CO2 impact of breastfeeding vs formula. (Yes, I’m a geek. You didn’t realise that yet?)
So far my list of things to take into account includes the following, but if you have actually had kids, please let me know anything that I’ve missed. I’m going to start trying to put (estimated) numbers to some of these things.
Things to consider with formula:
Production and distribution of bottles,
Manufacture of formula,
Packaging of formula,
Distribution of formula,
Energy needed to sterilise bottles.
Energy needed to heat formula.
Things to consider with breastfeeding:
Possible increase in calorie intake.