2016 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding

2016 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding

This is a Lancet Series on Breastfeeding published on January 28, 2016.

With a substantial development of research and findings for breastfeeding over the past three decades, we are now able to expand on the health benefits for both women and children across the globe. The two papers in this Series will describe past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions.

It includes the following articles:


  • Breastfeeding: achieving the new normal


  • Spotlight on infant formula: coordinated global action needed
  • Breastfeeding: a smart investment in people and in economies

Series Papers

  • Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect
  • Why invest, and what it will take to improve breastfeeding practices?

Please note: These papers are accessible upon free registration to The Lancet.