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New York/Stuttgart – Breastfeeding is one of the most under-leveraged strategies in improving children’s health and reducing later disease risks. That is why the WHO challenged the world to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life up to at least 50 percent by 20251. The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) supports this goal by communicating the health and social benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk. The new reference book Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – from Biochemistry to Impact edited by FLRF can help governments and influencers take up the WHO challenge.

The evidence-based book Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – from Biochemistry to Impact presents a holistic overview of key topics linked to the influence of breastfeeding and breast milk on children’s health and development. With scientifically robust arguments, the international authors encourage governments to answer the WHO’s challenge by creating breastfeeding-friendly environments and shifting their focus from isolated activities to collaborative, multi-country, multi-stakeholder partnerships.

“While there are many books that offer practical information about breastfeeding, none focuses on the myriad topics surrounding it”, says Janet Prince, International Certified Lactation Consultant from FLRF. “Breastfeeding can make such a huge difference to infants, families and societies – and with this book, decision-makers can enhance their knowledge and create an environment that better supports mothers to breastfeed”.

Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – from Biochemistry to Impact, provides a scientifically robust overview of key topics written by leading experts from a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, sociology, political sciences, culture and economics. Based on sound science, yet written in popular science style, the book provides decision-makers with the knowledge required to move breastfeeding higher on the public health agenda, and increase the overall promotion, protection and support for breastfeeding and the use of breast milk. Midwives and lactation consultants can also benefit from this interdisciplinary perspective.

“While it is heartening to see promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding moving higher on many governmental agendas, there is still more work to be done. No other single health intervention has the potential to reduce inequalities in health and prevent newborn and child deaths on the same scale as breastfeeding”, says Göran Larsson, Chairman of FLRF Board. “Therefore, it is our hope that by providing factual, relevant information, this book will serve as a launching point and a reference for those eager to advance the vital practice of breastfeeding”.


Professor João Aprigio Guerra de Almeida; Dr Teresa Ellen Baker, MD; Melinda Boss, MPS; Professor Amy Brown; Lukas Christen, PhD; Professor Anna Coutsoudis; Ashley M. Fox, PhD; Associate Professor Donna Geddes; Leith Greenslade, Founder and Chair of the Breastfeeding Innovations Team and CEO of JustActions LLC; Jennifer Hahn-Holbrock, PhD; Professor Thomas W. Hale; Emeritus Professor Peter E. Hartmann; Ben Hartmann, PhD; Kiersten Israel-Ballard, DrPH; Foteini Kakulas, PhD; Professor Berthold Koletzko; Rebecca Mannel, Director of the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center; Professor Paula P. Meier; Rowena Merritt, DPhil; Maureen Minchin, MA; Professor Guido E. Moro; Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla; Subhash Pokhrel, PhD; Professor Maria Quigley

About the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation is one of the first foundations in the world with a prime focus on promoting and supporting breast milk and breastfeeding. Based in Zug, Switzerland, it was founded in 2013 with the aim of promoting the scientific and public recognition of breastfeeding and human milk as – given the current state of science – the best nutrition for newborns and infants. It considers itself as an instigator and promoter of new knowledge. The Foundation invests globally in projects and scientific research in breastfeeding and breast milk. It places high value on multidisciplinary collaboration and supports projects with a sustainable impact on the well-being of mother and child. For more information about the Foundation, please visit:

Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – from Biochemistry to Impact
Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 2018
408 pp, 73 illustrations
ISBN: 9783132204010
eBook – Available from, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
eISBN: 9783132204218
Price: [D] €49,99/ [A] €51,40/ [US] $59,99


About Thieme
Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 900 staff and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 450 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include eNeurosurgery, Medlantis, Thieme E-Journals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme, please visit

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