Special Issue "Research Progress in Breastfeeding"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assist. Prof. Mag. Dr. Petra Rust
Guest Editor
Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Interests: nutrition throughout the life cycle with an emphasis on pregnant and breastfeeding women and children
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to WHO, “breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival”. It provides health benefits for both mothers and children. Breastfeeding mothers experience long-term benefits, like a lower risk of obesity; diabetes mellitus; hypertension; and breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. Benefits for infants are optimal nutrition, strong bonding with the mother, and the lowering of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, as well as protection against chronic diseases later in life. Maternal nutrition and health status even before pregnancy influences human milk composition and therefore metabolic programming of breast-fed children.

There are, however, questions about the impact of specific components in human milk like human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), choline, and many more on health outcomes later in life. Moreover, the effects of nutrition interventions to strengthen the health literacy of women of childbearing age and the impact of measures to support breastfeeding and to increase its rate, exclusivity, and duration are important fields of research.

Breastfeeding promotion is important to support health from the early beginning. Therefore, the goal of this Special Issue in Breastfeeding is to highlight short- and long-term benefits for mothers and infants. We welcome reviews and original research considering novel approaches, as well as identifying gaps in knowledge.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Assist. Prof. Mag. Dr. Petra Rust
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Breast feeding
  • Nutritional status
  • Health literacy
  • NCDs
  • Human milk
  • Breastmilk composition
  • Metabolic programming

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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