Best care for infants: breastmilk remains irreplaceable for babies

Best nutrition for infants
Breastfeeding is considered to be the best diet for a baby because in the mother's milk, all the nutrients the child needs in the first months of life are in optimal composition. The milk is "well digestible, hygienically correct and properly tempered", writes the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment( BfR) in a communication. But not all children are long enough. Under the motto "Supporting breastfeeding - together!", This year's World Health Week calls for support to breastfeeding women in our society.

Mother's milk is the best food for a baby. Nevertheless, many mothers still keep their children too short. On the occasion of the World Stilling Week, women are called upon to support breastfeeding women more.(Picture: stanislav_uvarov / fotolia.com)

Health Benefits for Children and Mothers
Scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding is positive for the development of the child's immune system. In addition, breastfeeding can protect against allergies according to studies and reduce the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

It is especially important during the first six months of life. It also helps to prevent diarrhea.

According to experts, mothers who breastfeed have a reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancer. In addition, a study has shown that breast-feeding mothers protect against cardiovascular disease in the long term.

However, although breastfeeding has many health benefits for the development of children, only about forty percent of all babies in the first six months of their lives are exclusively breastfed.

"No country in the world meets the recommended standards for breast-feeding," the World Health Organization( WHO) writes in a statement.

breastfeeding babies especially in the first six months of life
In this case too, more should be done to show the population how important breastfeeding is. According to the German Association of Midwifery, the "German Breastfeeding Association" under the motto "Promote breastfeeding - together".

"The demand that more women be treated in Germany must be able to breastfeed, especially in the first months of life of a child," said Martina Klenk, President of the German Midwifery Association.

"This is independent of whether this is done publicly or in the private space."

Unfortunately, women repeatedly report negative experiences after breastfeeding in public.

According to the association, a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture( BMEL) shows that breastfeeding is perceived more positively in the public the more is known about the health benefits.

Strengthening women must be valued
A societal climate in which breastfeeding women feel valued and accepted is just as important for the success as individual, expert support, writes the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment( BfR) in a communication on the occasion of the World Stilling Week. Breastfeeding as normality is the goal.

The National Breastfeeding Commission at BfR points to two new research projects on breastfeeding in Germany.

In the international project "Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly"( BBF), the current status of breastfeeding in Germany will be comprehensively analyzed for the first time. One of the eight fields of action of this project examines the importance of "breastfeeding" in the German media.

In addition to this project, a follow-up project of the federal "SuSe" study( "Breastfeeding and infant feeding"), which was proposed by the National Breastfeeding Commission 20 years ago, is also being launched.

The large-scale study "SuSe II" provides comprehensive data on breastfeeding as well as influencing factors on breastfeeding and the feeding of infants.

How quiet is Germany?
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture( BMEL) has commissioned the "Healthy Living" network and the National Commission to carry out the project "Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly"( BBF) in cooperation with the University of Yale for Germany.

An expert commission examines, among other things, how quiet Germany is. One focus here is the analysis of how German media report on the topic of breastfeeding and to what extent and through which channels celebrities publicly promote breastfeeding.

On the basis of the results, the expert commission then proposes measures to make the social climate in Germany smoother.

Furthermore, the follow-up project of the "SuSe" study carried out in 1997/1998 was recently launched by the National Commission."SuSe II" is to show whether and how breastfeeding and infant feeding in Germany have developed since then.

Approximately 170 nursing clinics and 1,500 mothers are interviewed. The two-year study is carried out by the Research Unit on Child Nutrition( FKE) of the University Children's Hospital Bochum and funded by the BMEL.

Customer is the German Society for Nutrition( DGE).The research results are the basis for health and nutrition policy measures and should facilitate the practical, professional advice of young families for breastfeeding and infant feeding.(ad)

Good digestible and hygienic: mother's milk is the best food for babies
Nutmilk is the natural food for infants: well-digestible, hygienically correct and properly tempered. But unfortunately many mothers still breastfeed their baby too short. On the occasion of the World Rest week, experts will inform you about the importance of mother milk for the next generation.

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