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Breastfeeding recommendations of the National Committee for the Promotion of Breastfeeding available in Turkish

11/2000, 06.07.2000

Breastfeeding is a natural and health promoting form of nutrition for infants. For that reason the National Committee for the Promotion of Breastfeeding in Germany advocates that breastfeeding should again become the customary diet for infants in Germany. To this end, it has formulated information and recommendations for pregnant women and parents of infants. In the first four months of 2000 around 30,000 copies of this brochure were distributed. That means that one in ten German-speaking mothers received it.

Unfortunately, the trend amongst Turkish mothers is towards fewer and fewer of them breastfeeding their infants and bottle-feeding them instead. One study by the former Federal Health Office (BGA) in 1992 about the sleeping position of infants in conjunction with the problem of sudden cot death showed that Turkish women living in Berlin breastfeed their children far less than mothers from other countries. Most newly born babies were bottle fed from the very outset. The reasons for this behaviour are not known. One factor could possibly be problems with understanding the attending midwives, nurses, doctors.

Breastfeeding recommendations for insertion in the maternity log (white) or the examination record for early detection examinations for children (green) are now also available in Turkish. Thus, it is now possible to reach the largest foreign-speaking group in Germany. The pamphlets can be ordered free of charge from the National Committee for the Promotion of Breastfeeding in the Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine:

Tel. No.+ 49 (0)30 1 8412 - 3491
Fax No.+ 49 (0)30 1 8412 - 3715

Information from the Breastfeeding Commission can be found on the BgVV site on the Internet.


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