International Breastfeeding Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that will encompass all aspects of breastfeeding.

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.


  • Lisa Amir, University of Melbourne


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Thematic series - Call for Papers

Economic aspects of breastfeeding

International Breastfeeding Journal is accepting submissions for a special series entitled "Economic Aspects of Breastfeeding" - which aims to:

  •  Address the need for economic data to inform policy makers about how breastfeeding leads to savings in health and other costs
  •  Raise awareness of the economic aspects of breastfeeding among the academic and wider community
  •  Highlight a new and publicly relevant area of research

Guest-edited by Dr Julie Smith, Australian National University, the special issue will be published in September 2014 and invites original research, reviews, commentaries, clinical perspectives and practice insights around the above topics.

To encourage submissions to this special series, International Breastfeeding Journal is:

  1. Offering 5 Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers
  2. Extending the submission deadline to 30th April
  3. Announcing the inauguration of the Marcia de Groot Award for Breastfeeding Research - with the 2014 award to be for a contribution published in this special issue on the Economic Aspects of Breastfeeding and announced in the BMC Update newsletter

More information on the above and how to submit is available on our blog.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online submission system. For more information on this special series or the journal, please contact the editors.


"We see the management of mastitis as an illustration of health professionals' management of wider breastfeeding issues. If health professionals don't know how to manage this common problem, how can they be expected to manage less common conditions such as a breast abscess or nipple/breast candidiasis? There is an urgent need for more clinical research into breastfeeding problems and to improve the education of health professionals to enable them to promote breastfeeding and support breastfeeding women."

Amir LH, Ingram J
Health professionals' advice for breastfeeding problems: Not good enough!
International Breastfeeding Journal 2008, 3:22

breastfeeding of child
"Breastfeeding is recognized as an important public health issue with enormous social and economic implications. 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. International Breastfeeding Journal invites manuscripts from around the world, which address all of these aspects, including the impediments to breastfeeding, the health effects of not breastfeeding for infants and their mothers, and the management of breastfeeding problems."

Amir LH
Introducing a new journal
International Breastfeeding Journal 2006, 1:1

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ISSN: 1746-4358