In early August 2019, Australian health ministers quietly released a National Breastfeeding Strategy (ANBS). Its bold vision is a society which ‘values’ breastfeeding and doubles its breastfeeding rates. Yet more breastfeeding does not come free. Are governments ‘willing to pay’?
Associate Professor Lisa Amir (MBBS MMed PhD IBCLC FABM FILCA) is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and in private practice. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre (formerly Mother & Child Health Research), La Trobe University and is Editor-in-Chief of open access journal, International Breastfeeding Journal.
Aims and scope
Breastfeeding is recognized as an important public health issue with enormous social and economic implications. Infants who do not receive breast milk are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than breastfed infants; mothers who do not breastfeed increase their own health risks.
Publications on the topic of breastfeeding are wide ranging. Articles about breastfeeding are currently published journals focused on nursing, midwifery, paediatric, obstetric, family medicine, public health, immunology, physiology, sociology and many other topics. In addition, electronic publishing allows fast publication time for authors and Open Access ensures the journal is easily accessible to readers.
International Breastfeeding Journal encompasses all aspects of breastfeeding. The journal addresses the need for a high quality multi-disciplinary journal in the field.
In order to help women breastfeed successfully, there is a need to understand both the physiology of lactation and the social and cultural context within which breastfeeding occurs. The journal addresses all of these aspects, including identifying women who are at increased risk of not breastfeeding; the impediments to breastfeeding and the health effects of not breastfeeding for infants and their mothers; interventions to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration; and the management of breastfeeding problems.
Investing in Breast milk
Breastfeeding in Public Blog
“Breastfeeding in Public”, a new series of articles from the International Breastfeeding Journal, aims to highlight the issues surrounding breastfeeding in public throughout the world. The series has been guest-edited by Petra Bueskens of the University of Melbourne, Sally Dowling of the University of the West of England and Fiona Giles of the University of Sydney. In a recent conversation, Fiona Giles explained the inspiration behind the series, and why it is important to discuss the topic. The transcript has been edited for clarity.
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