Nutrition during infancy and early childhood

From the very beginning, nutrition plays a big role in the growth, development and welfare of infants and young children. Food means sensory experience, enjoyment and social contact. Daily habits, feelings and attitudes towards food are embedded even at an early age.

Nutrition during infancy


is completely adapted to the child’s needs and is simply the most natural way to nurture a child. It:

  • optimally adapts to the immature and sensitive digestive functions of a child
  • contains all the important body-building nutrients that an infant needs at this point in its life for physical development
  • strengthens the weak immune system of the infant through exposure to the mother’s antibodies
  • offers warmth, peace and security through close body contact which can positively influence the infant’s metal development
  • provides a better mood, relaxation and a state of mind of both mother and child though the release of prolactin and oxytocin
  • strengthens recovery in the mother
  • and…

is right there, at any time and always ready!

Are you expecting a baby and want to find out more about breastfeeding? Do you have any specific questions? Perhaps you are concerned about the way your breastfeeding is going or how well your baby is suckling.

During the open consultation hours at Oberursel Parental Support Centre (Mondays from 10:00 – 12:00 and Wednesdays from 13:00 – 15:00, Tel.: 06171 585358), you can receive advice from a midwife without prior appointment. An individual appointment can also be arranged.

Successful breastfeeding relies on specialist information alongside calmness and determination.

Some topics could be:

  • I have too little milk
  • My child constantly wants to breastfeed
  • Too much milk?
  • When breastfeeding is painful
  • What to do in the case of galactostasis?
  • I feel so tired
  • Breastfeeding and “power nutrition”
  • I’d like to work again soon, so how can I continue to breastfeed?
  • I am ill, can I still breastfeed?
  • Storing milk
  • Breastfeeding twins
  • Breastfeeding and solids: when, how and what?
  • Stopping breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding and siblings
  • Breastfeeding in everyday life

Home visits by a freelance midwife are possible on request and until the end of the breastfeeding period if necessary.

A list of midwives is available at

Further information: (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Freier Stillgruppen e.V. – Association of Free Breastfeeding Groups) (Education centre for lactation and breastfeeding, list of lactation advisers) (La Leche Liga Deutschland e.V. – La Leche League Germany)

Infant milk formula
If you do not want to breastfeed your child or are not able to do so, processed milk formula fed by bottle is a good alternative.

Early-age infant formula
This infant milk (pre-early-age formula, early-age formula, early-age formula 1) is the same as breast milk in terms of its key nutrients and can be given in place of breast milk for up to 6 months and then as a supplement to pulped cereals.

Follow-up formula
Follow-up formula is generally not necessary, unless the child becomes very hungry again after feeding and drinks at regular intervals.


Further information at:

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