Book Review: Breastfeeding and breast milk – from biochemistry to impact

Published by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation and the Georg Thieme Verlag

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 “Breastfeeding and breast milk – from biochemistry to impact” explores the multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and complex world of breastfeeding, breast milk, and lactation. Overall, 30 distinguished authors from all over the world, each a specialist within their field, provide a factual, scientifically robust overview of the key topics.

The book is divided in four parts, which are respectively discussed in depth:

  • Background information, physiology, and data collection
  • Benefits, social aspects, history, and promotion of breastfeeding
  • Human milk in special circumstances (e.g. preterm birth)
  • Scaling-up breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support programmes

 It is written for a wide and varied audience, ranging from nursing staff and lactation experts who are in daily contact with mothers and babies, to health ministers who want to learn more about scaling up of breastfeeding and contribute to reducing their health care expenditure. The authors encourage governments and influencers to do more to increase breastfeeding rates by creating breastfeeding-friendly environments, and empowers interested parties such as decision makers and practitioners with the knowledge required to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding and the use of breast milk.

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