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Breast milk is clearly superior to artificial baby food
Manufacturers of industrially manufactured baby foods often use the argument that artificial baby milk is just as rich in content as natural breast milk. According to evaluations by the National Breastfeeding Commission at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), such products cannot imitate breast milk. Because the breast milk is much too complex in the composition to produce an equal duplicate. According to this, the manufacturers would mislead parents when they write on the packaging, "created on the model of breast milk", or the milk is "close to breast milk".
Industrially manufactured baby foods must be tailored to the nutritional needs of healthy infants and supported by generally accepted scientific data. The manufacturers of these products often advertise, directly or indirectly, that the composition of the products is comparable to breast milk. The National Breastfeeding Commission at the BfR has therefore compared the composition of breast milk compared to industrially produced baby food and assessed the effects of different baby foods compared to breast milk on the health of infants.
Breast milk protects against diseases Breast milk contains numerous substances that are not found in infant formula and follow-on formula. These substances reduce the likelihood of illness in breastfed infants. Exclusive breastfeeding in the first 4 to 6 months reduces the number of infections in infants by 40 to 70% and reduces hospital admissions of infants in the first year of life by more than 50 percent. For example, the risk of lower respiratory tract infections in babies through breastfeeding is reduced by over 70 percent. Other diseases that occur less frequently in breastfed children are otitis media, gastrointestinal infections, and possibly later obesity and diabetes.
Although feeding industrially manufactured baby foods has a decade-long history of overall safe use, children fed industrially-fed foods are at higher risk of a number of diseases than breast-fed children.
“Breast milk is the ideal food for infants in the first few months. It is easy to digest and composed in such a way that it covers the need for nutrients and liquids in the first half of life, ”said the BfR in a statement. The promotion of infant milk should therefore not give the impression that bottle food is as good as or better than breast milk.
Breast milk far too complex to imitate
Numerous studies have shown that natural breast milk has an exclusive composition that cannot be imitated by industrially manufactured baby food. The National Breastfeeding Commission believes that advertising that gives the impression that industrially produced infant formula is equivalent or partially equivalent to breast milk can be described as "misleading". (sb, pm)
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