In August 2011, the Untied States Breastfeeding Committee officially declared August as National Breastfeeding Month, an observance dedicated to advancing the nation’s health by working together to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. The American Society for Nutrition reaffirms its commitment to excellence in nutrition research and practice with a special collection of articles curated from its leading journals on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Influential Research on Breastfeeding from ASN Journals

The Journal of Nutrition

Strong Multivariate Relations Exist Among Milk, Oral, and Fecal Microbiomes in Mother-Infant Dyads During the First Six Months Postpartum
Janet E Williams, Janae M Carrothers, Kimberly A Lackey, et al.
Volume 149, Issue 6, June 2019, Pages 902–914

Human Milk Oligosaccharide Concentrations Are Associated with Multiple Fixed and Modifiable Maternal Characteristics, Environmental Factors, and Feeding Practices
Meghan B Azad, Bianca Robertson, Faisal Atakora, et al.
Volume 148, Issue 11, November 2018, Pages 1733–1742

Lutein Is Differentially Deposited across Brain Regions following Formula or Breast Feeding of Infant Rhesus Macaques
Sookyoung Jeon, Katherine M Ranard, Martha Neuringer, et al.
Volume 148, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 31–39

Early Postnatal Diets Affect the Bioregional Small Intestine Microbiome and Ileal Metabolome in Neonatal Pigs
Brian D Piccolo, Kelly E Mercer, Sudeepa Bhattacharyya, et al.
Volume 147, Issue 8, August 2017, Pages 1499–1509

Breast Milk Iodine Concentration Is a More Accurate Biomarker of Iodine Status Than Urinary Iodine Concentration in Exclusively Breastfeeding Women
Susanne Dold, Michael B Zimmermann, Abdelmounaim Aboussad, et al.
Volume 147, Issue 4, April 2017, Pages 528–537

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

NIH workshop on human milk composition: summary and visions
Kellie O Casavale, Jaspreet K C Ahuja, Xianli Wu, et al.
July 2019

Randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of a breastfeeding relaxation intervention on maternal psychological state, breast milk outcomes, and infant behavior and growth
Nurul Husna Mohd Shukri, Jonathan Wells, Simon Eaton, et al.
Volume 110, Issue 1, July 2019, Pages 121–130

Diet, weight gain, and head growth in hospitalized US very preterm infants: a 10-year observational study
Mandy B Belfort, Erika M Edwards, Lucy T Greenberg, et al.
Volume 109, Issue 5, May 2019, Pages 1373–1379

Influence of maternal diet on flavor transfer to amniotic fluid and breast milk and children’s responses: a systematic review
Joanne M Spahn, Emily H Callahan, Maureen K Spill, et al.
Volume 109, Issue Supplement_1, March 2019, Pages 1003S–1026S

What’s normal? Oligosaccharide concentrations and profiles in milk produced by healthy women vary geographically
Michelle K McGuire, Courtney L Meehan, Mark A McGuire, et al.
Volume 105, Issue 5, May 2017, Pages 1086–1100

The Science of Breastfeeding

Get more of the latest breastfeeding research from ASN On Demand:

  • Breastfeeding, Human Milk Composition and the Infant Gut Microbiome: Implications for Lifelong Health
  • What is Normal Milk? New Discoveries in Human Milk Composition: Diversity and Possible Function
  • Social, Environmental, Behavioral, and Dietary Correlates of Human Milk Components
  • and more!


ASN On Demand

Advances in Nutrition

Perspective: Should Exclusive Breastfeeding Still Be Recommended for 6 Months?
Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Gabriela S Buccini, Sofia Segura-Pérez, et al.
May 2019

Effects of Milk and Dairy Product Consumption on Pregnancy and Lactation Outcomes: A Systematic Review
María Achón, Natalia Úbeda, Ángela García-González, et al.
Volume 10, Issue suppl_2, May 2019, Pages S74–S87

Impact of Maternal Anxiety on Breastfeeding Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Chantal E Hoff, Naimisha Movva, Ana K Rosen Vollmar, et al. 
May 2019

Overview of Nutrients in Human Milk
Daphna K Dror and Lindsay H Allen
Volume 9, Issue suppl_1, May 2018, Pages 278S–294S

Limitations of the Evidence Base Used to Set Recommended Nutrient Intakes for Infants and Lactating Women
Lindsay H Allen, Juliana A Donohue, and Daphna K Dror
Volume 9, Issue suppl_1, May 2018, Pages 295S–312S

Current Developments in Nutrition

Scaling up breastfeeding in Myanmar through the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative
May Khin Than, Soe Nyi Nyi, Lwin Mar Hlaing, et al.
July 2019

Peer Counseling Promotes Appropriate Infant Feeding Practices and Improves Infant Growth and Development in an Urban Slum in Bangladesh: A Community-Based Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
Gulshan Ara, Mansura Khanam, Nowshin Papri, et al.
Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2019

Early Initiation and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding in Rural Zimbabwe: Impact of a Breastfeeding Intervention Delivered by Village Health Workers
Mduduzi N N Mbuya, Cynthia R Matare, Naume V Tavengwa, et al.
Volume 3, Issue 4, April 2019

Scaling Up Breastfeeding Programs in Mexico: Lessons Learned from the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative
Teresita González de Cosío, Isabel Ferré, Mónica Mazariegos, et al.
Volume 2, Issue 6, June 2018

Capturing Changes in HIV-Infected Breastfeeding Mothers’ Cognitive Processes from Before Delivery to 5 Months Postpartum: An Application of the Pile-Sorting Technique in Haiti
Elizabeth L Fox, Gretel H Pelto, Haim Bar, et al.
Volume 2, Issue 6, June 2018

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