Globally, more than 1 million babies die each year because they’re not fed properly—mostly in resource-poor environments, according to infant-feeding specialist Brooke Bauer.   That’s where groups like Nurture Project International come in. The NGO, founded by Bauer,…

Breast pumps deserve some of the credit for boosting breastfeeding rates, which had fallen off through the 20th century. A far cry from the first manual version patented in 1854 (and the more sanitary, efficient mechanical pumps that replaced them in the 1920s), today’s…

The scores are in, and not one country is living up to the recommended standards for breastfeeding.   UNICEF, WHO and the Global Breastfeeding Collective released the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard and called out countries for failing to invest in breastfeeding.   The…

Why do many US mothers struggle with breastfeeding? UCLA evolutionary anthropologist Brooke Scelza found a possible answer among Namibia’s Himba ethnic group.Through interviews with about 30 Himba moms, she uncovered a key practice that helps them succeed at breastfeeding:…

As Pope Francis baptized 28 children in a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel last Sunday, he encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies if they got fussy or hungry.   “You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” said Pope…

The practice of giving prelacteal and early newborn ritual foods, common to populations across much of South Asia, parts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, is not benign, and has serious implications for the immediate initiation of breastfeeding, concludes a…

A recent surge in formula sales indicates a global ‘infant and young child feeding transition,’ the rate and scale of which is unprecedented, writes Phillip Baker, a postdoctoral fellow in health policy and food policy at the Australian National University. His team’s…

Calling breastfeeding natural comes naturally to public health advocates, but it could backfire.

Breast milk is a nourishing, infection-fighting cocktail that also contains the stress hormone cortisol, notes science writer Jena Pincott who questions if nursing played a role her own baby’s fussiness—or perhaps will result in resilience. “Scientists don’t yet know the…

Donating breast milk is a transaction between 2 mothers. This article thoughtfully explores the complicated issue of compensation for women who donate, and if paying for donated milk changes the relationship between the women involved. The Numbers: There are 19 milk banks…