We wholeheartedly agree with Gudrun von der Ohe’s response to our article. In the context of breastfeeding advice in general, the benefits for the neonate should be discussed, but so should the benefits for the mothers themselves. Emphasizing the positive effects of breastfeeding on normalizing weight and metabolism is also a way to improve women’s willingness to breastfeed.
Professor Razum and Professor David underline the associations between obesity and pregnancy that we identified in our article for a population subgroup. The prevalence of obesity in women with a migration background reflects—among other things—the situation in their countries of origin (1). The particular attention our colleagues demand is to be supported, but in all experience, any pregnancy advice or instruction is particularly challenging in these women, owing to language and cultural barriers.
On behalf of the authors
PD Dr. med. habil. Johannes Stubert
Universitätsfrauenklinik und Poliklinik
am Klinikum Südstadt Rostock
Conflict of interest statement
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