An ethnography on “breastaurants” and research on dog park rape were among the 7 papers published in a research hoax aimed at identity-related fields, like gender and queer studies. The pranksters say their year-long sting revealed how the “grievance studies” fields  “…

The US delegation to the World Health Assembly fought to remove language urging governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding,” and to restrict ads by formula manufacturers this past spring.   Failing, the Americans turned to threats—warning Ecuador of…

Nestlé’s baby formula products are lacking, well, a formula, according to an investigation into the infant milk megabrand that found inconsistencies in its products, and called on Nestlé to review its range ensure its science is up to date.

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…