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Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland

Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland is an independent, national centre of competence for all groups of professionals and organisations who work in the area of pregnancy, child birth and with small children, and also an information platform for parents.

It was established in 2000 as a non-profit organisation. The goal is to coordinate and improve the availability of independent information related to the benefits of breastfeeding to the public. Support comes from public health organisations and institutions.

Corona-Virus COVID-19

Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy

It is now possible for all pregnant women to be vaccinated.
The requirements of medical information, risk-benefit assessment and written consent apply.
Based on extended study data, the FOPH, EKIF and SGGG have decided to make COVID-19 vaccination available to all pregnant women. (28.5.2021)
For COVID-19 vaccination, a written informed consent from the pregnant woman and a prescription (by specialist gynecologist/obstetrician or general practitioner) must be available. The pregnant woman can then register directly online in the cantonal vaccination registration websites to receive an appointment for vaccination. (Immunization prioritization is determined by cantonal health departments).
To date, well over 200,000 pregnant women in the U.S. have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the mRNA vaccines, with no evidence of unexpected side effects on mother or child.
At the end of April 2021, a prospective non-randomized follow-up registry study of over 35,000 vaccinated pregnant women was published (Shimabukuro et al., N Engl J Med, April 22, 2021), showing no evidence of direct or indirect adverse effects of vaccination with respect to pregnancy, embryonic/fetal development, childbirth, or postnatal development.

Covid-19 vaccination and breastfeeding

Can the mother be vaccinated after birth and during breastfeeding?
According to current knowledge, it is possible to be vaccinated immediately after birth. A risk to the breastfed infant is unlikely due to the mother's vaccination. (Source: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH; Jan. 25, 2021)
Further information: A joint recommendation of the German Society for Perinatal Medizine. V. (DGPM), the German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics e. V. (DGGG) in collaboration with the National Breastfeeding Commission (NSK).

Corona virus COVID-19 infection and breastfeeding
I am infected with the new corona virus. Can I breastfeed my child?
You can breastfeed your child. It is important that you follow the recommended hygiene and behavioral rules, which your midwife or doctor will explain to you after the birth. In doing so, you will protect your newborn from infection. (Source: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH).

Further information:

Swiss Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Professional Association of Swiss Lactation Consultants
Swiss Association of Midwives

Information material

Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland provides parents (to be) with various breastfeeding-related information material in many languages.

Leaflet breastfeeding guide

to order

With imagery and little text in easy language, the most important information about breastfeeding is compiled on 4 pages:
  •  Breastfeeding positions
  •  Breast massage and milk expression
  •  Correct latching on
  •  Breastfeeding frequency and security

The leaflet is available in the following languages:
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Tigrinese
  • Turkish


Poster breastfeeding guide

to order

With imagery and little text in easy language, the most important information about breastfeeding is compiled on an A2 poster:
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • Breast massage and milk expression
  • Correct latching on
  • Breastfeeding frequency and security

The poster is available in the following languages:
  • German
  • French
  • Italian


Breastfeeding brochure

to order

The booklet "Breastfeeding - a healthy start to life" answers the most important questions about breastfeeding.

  • breastfeeding preparation in pregnancy
  • breastfeeding in the first hours and days after birth
  • recommendations for breastfeeding frequency and duration of breastfeeding
  • breastfeeding positions
  • breastfeeding and back to work
  • difficulties
  • contact addresses for expert advice


Available in the following languages:     

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Albanien
  • Arabic
  • Portugese
  • Serbokroatien
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Tigrinya                            


Especially for fathers

Fathers have a demanding job. They are typically busy working fulltime outside the home, which on average contributes about three quarters of the family’s income. However, they are expected by their partners to be present and competent fathers. This is a major challenge and quite often it can be overwhelming new fathers. Don’t stress and blame yourself when you reach your limits. You are not the only one feeling this way.


When tensions and conflicting expectations arise, the goal is to shape your role as a father in a way, which is the best for you. It is important to build an independent relationship with the baby, while developing your own, personal way of being a father. One desired side effect is that the more you trust in your relationship and your skills as a father, the less bothered you will feel about critical looks from others. You will be less likely to allow outsiders to unsettle your close relationship with your partner or your child.


Breastmilk provides the best nutrition to ensure your baby’s health and a strong start in life. Studies have shown that a baby’s father has tremendous impact on whether, and for how long their partner nurses their child. It is important to use that influence wisely.


Read here



"Breast is best"

An award winning training film on breastfeeding, breast milk, and the first contact with the newborn. (duration 45 min.)

Correct latching-on, breastfeeding positions, skin-to-skin contact after birth, breastfeeding after cesarean, health benefits for mother and child, sore nipples, jammed milk ducts, mastitis, sleepy babies, increasing milk production, breastfeeding at night, breastfeeding of preterm infants, pumping and expressing by hand, breastfeeding twins and infants and the function and role of specialists are some of the many topics of the film.

Breast is best was written and directed by Dr. med. Gro Nylander, gynecologist and obstetrician and national coordinator of the BFHI initiative in Norway.

The film is available in Englisch, German, French (Youtube or Vimeo) and Italian (Youtube oder Vimeo).



The short version of the film "Breast is best"

Key sequences from the award-winning instructional film on breastfeeding "Breast is best" were selected by the scientific advisory council of Breast Feeding Promotion Switzerland.
Content: Information on benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child, bonding, correct positioning, breastfeeding positions and duration of breastfeeding.

Accessible for free in the following languages:

Flyers with the information on the link to the film can be ordered.



Breastfeeding the premature infant – film for informing the parents

A baby born premature is always a special situation. Breast milk and a lot of skin-to-skin-contact with the parents are very important in the beginning. With the right support to the mother, a premature baby can learn to breastfeed. It pays to keep trying. Breast milk is tailored to the needs of the baby. It is the best-tolerated food and supplies abundant immune substances.

The film is accessible for free:

The film can also be ordered on DVD with the languages Englisch, German, French and Italian.


Expressing Colostrum – during pregnancy and after the Birth

Already in the middle of pregnancy (from about the 16th week of pregnancy), the first mother’s milk (colostrum) is synthesized in the mother’s breast. In many cases, particularly in women with gestational diabetes as well as diabetes mellitus types I and II, it can be advisable to express small amounts of this valuable substance towards the end of the pregnancy (from the 37th week) in order to store it as a contingency reserve for the initial period after the birth. For other women, it is interesting to become familiar with breast massage and hand expression during the pregnancy, so that they can quickly make available the valu-able colostrum if necessary after the birth.


In any case, personal instruction by a trained professional is needed for expressing colostrum.  This handout should serve only as reminder for you.

PDF Handout Englisch: Expressing colostrum - during pregnancy and after the birth

Back to work

Continue to breastfeed when resuming work? The following checklists supply you and your employer with information:

Breastfeeding on the go

Finding breastfeeding friendly public places is very easy with the app mamamap.

Download for free at the App Store, Google Play or


World Breastfeeding Week

Together with different professional associations, the Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland is involved in the organization and promotion of the International World Breastfeeding Week in Switzerland. For more information click for information in German, French, Italian.


Codex Panel

Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland is part of the Codex Panel. The Codex Panel is a joint assembly of representatives from manufacturers of infant formula and Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland. This panel is responsible for monitoring manufacturers’ compliance with the Swiss codex regarding the marketing of infant formula.

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