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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Cross journal thematic series - Call for Papers

Breastfeeding and health outcomes in later life - Call for papers

BioMed Central invites you to submit a manuscript to a new cross journal thematic series involving the BioMed Central journals; International Breastfeeding Journal, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, BMC Public Health and Nutrition Journal, entitled 'Breastfeeding and health outcomes in later life'.

The thematic series will be published in December 2014 and invites research articles, reviews, commentaries, clinical perspectives, and short reports on the comparisons between breastfeeding and not breastfeeding and later health outcomes including but not exclusive to:

  1. Later health outcomes for breastfed infants in early childhood, adolescence and adulthood
  2. Health outcomes for non-breastfed infants in early childhood, adolescence and adulthood and
  3. Lactation and women's health.

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

Submission deadline: 1 August 2014


"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