2016-12-14Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2016-044
Breastfeeding monitoring in Germany - What contribution can the data from KiGGS provide?
Lippe, Elena von der
A continuous breastfeeding monitoring is essential as it enables reports on changes in breastfeeding behaviour. The German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS), which is conducted by the Robert Koch Institute, periodically collects data about the health of children and young people living in Germany, including data on breastfeeding. Moreover, KiGGS is mentioned within the approach developed by the National Breastfeeding Committee as a possible source of data for breastfeeding monitoring. The data from KiGGS can be used to develop retrospective indicators on breastfeeding for particular birth cohorts. The data demonstrate that the prevalence of children who were ever breastfed tended to rise between the 2001/2002 and 2007/2008 cohorts; however, no significant changes were identified for the 2001–2008 cohorts with respect to breastfeeding duration. Breastfeeding monitoring relies on reports about current trends in the field; due to the periodicity with which the KiGGS study waves are conducted, data on current birth cohorts cannot be provided. Therefore, data on breastfeeding needs to be collected throughout Germany in relation to direct environmental and other factors. This data should be collected during health screenings and regular check-ups so that it can be used as a further measure in breastfeeding monitoring
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