At the first data collection of the Cohort ‘18 study, we learned that the majority of women in the 7th month of their pregnancy planned to nurse their child after giving birth – the preliminary data (4924 questionnaires) indicated that only 0.5% ruled out this possibility and wanted to rely on formula, 92% of the pregnant women planned to breastfeed only, 6% planned to combine breastfeeding with formula, and 1.6% was still undecided.
Preliminary data (based on 1544 questionnaires) from the second data collection conducted at the child’s six-months-age indicated that the percentage of babies not receiving breast milk after birth was a little higher (6%), but the rate of babies breastfeeding was still exceptionally high: 90%, and 4% received breast milk some other way (through a breast milk gathering station, pumped breast milk, etc.). It is interesting to note that 80% of the cohort mothers said they were breastfed by their mothers when they were babies.
From among the children participating in the Cohort ‘18 study, 58% of the six-months-old babies still nursed, 17% of them receiving breast milk only. 12% of the babies starting out with nursing received breast milk up to 1 month, 28% up to 3 months, and 33% up to 4 months. 15% of the cohort babies received formula (too), and 25% received other food besides breast milk (but not formula).
Almost three fourth of the nursing mothers nurses according to the needs of the child, one tenth fits the nourishment of the baby to a set schedule, and one sixth usually nurses with set times, but sometimes considers the needs of the child as well.
The greatest proportion of mothers who stopped nursing did so because they did not have enough milk. In a much smaller proportion, other reasons included the baby weaning himself/herself, the mother having difficulties with nursing techniques, or the health condition of the mother or the child not allowing nursing.
We also asked about the first food, babies tasted after breast milk. Our data indicates that the most popular solid food among Hungarian babies is the apple, but the pumpkin, the peach, and the carrot are also among the favorites.