Treatise on the Distribution of Breastfeeding Rates of Mothers with Academic Education Compared to Breastfeeding Rates of Mothers without Academic Education


  • Friederike Harrich
  • Med. Friederike Harrich



Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding behaviour, Breast milk, Mothers, Image of women, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Paediatrics.


In the publication “Guiding principles for complementary feeding of the breastfed child”, the WHO clearly
argues that exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months after birth is essential for the development of the
newborn. Of particular interest is the possible difference between academic and non-academic women, which
has not yet been sufficiently investigated. First, however, there is the question of how children are cared for after
birth, when the professional situation of mothers has changed considerably due to a changed image of women
in society. Decisions in this regard are increasingly changing and are subject to strong fluctuations over time. In
the context of an emancipated and constantly changing image of women, a new understanding is developing that
requires statistical processing.4,6,7,14
To this end, Dr. med. Friederike Harrich interviewed mothers about their situation and evaluated them in a largescale
study. This study was compared with two other studies in order to pool the data.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14
This study, which is part of a larger survey series, examines the distribution of breastfeeding rates of mothers
with academic education compared to mothers without academic education and presents the differences and
similarities depending on the mother‘s level of education.4,6,7

Author Biographies

  • Friederike Harrich

    Researcher, Institut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin, Neubau 17.11, Raum 01.32, (Hauspostfach 1114),Moorenstr. 5, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Med. Friederike Harrich

    Jülicher Straße 89, 40477 Düsseldorf, Germany