World Breastfeeding Week: “Breastfeeding - talk about it!”

World Breastfeeding Week: “Breastfeeding - talk about it!”

International World Breastfeeding Week under the motto: "Breastfeeding - talk about it!"

The international World Breastfeeding Week begins today. The motto of this year's campaign week is: "Breastfeeding, talk about it!" Several events and campaigns explain the high quality of breastfeeding.

The World Breastfeeding Week was organized for the first time by the "World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action". It is the largest global campaign promoting active breastfeeding in infants. The best-known organizations belonging to the week of action are the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Breastfeeding campaigns are carried out in more than 120 countries worldwide. In this country, the World Breastfeeding Week is held every year in the 40th calendar week. Information events, performances and online campaigns therefore take place in all major cities.

Positive health effects for the child
The week of action is about conveying the benefits of breastfeeding for the health of the child. The most important argument for breastfeeding over artificial baby food is the protection against infectious diseases. Several scientific studies had found that breastfed babies have up to 60 percent more protection against infections. A 2004 US study found during a meta-study that breastfeeding significantly reduced infant mortality. Not only during breastfeeding but also long afterwards there were numerous positive effects on health. In a Spanish long-term study, researchers found that breastfed children are less likely to get sick later in life.

The extremely valuable nutrient compositions of human breast milk are responsible for the health-promoting effects. Breastfeeding gives the child antibodies and immune cells from the mother's immune system. Especially the foremilk formed immediately after birth in the first 18 to 36 hours contains a high proportion of antibodies and is therefore fundamentally important for the protection against diseases of the child. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding. Some research suggests that breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, such as Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Pott, head of the Federal Center for Health Education explained.

Talk about breastfeeding
The motto of this year's campaign week "Breastfeeding - talk about it!" Should encourage mothers to talk about breastfeeding in their social environment. The family, friends, children and relatives should participate in the experience and then pass on their wealth of experience. "Breastfeeding mothers can exchange information in a variety of situations, whether about beautiful moments of breastfeeding, difficult conditions, solutions or accompanying circumstances, whether in the breastfeeding meeting, on the Internet, privately or by chance" as a spokeswoman for the Working Group of Free Breastfeeding Groups e.V. explained the motto. Pregnant women often seek to find out more about breastfeeding. Mothers who are breastfeeding should therefore definitely pass on their experiences.

Around 80 percent of all mothers breastfeed their child after birth. After a good six months, only 50 percent of the mothers are breastfeeding. As can be seen from the numbers, many mothers give up breastfeeding prematurely. A lack of knowledge about the value of breastfeeding, insufficient family support, fear of a sagging breast or breastfeeding problems are often responsible for early weaning. The campaign week is intended to help eliminate the listed reasons in advance so that newborns can grow up carefree and breastfed. (sb)

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Video: World Breastfeeding Week and the theme is Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding (October 2020).