Researchers don't fully understand the composition of breast milk and its benefits. Beyond nutrition, it contains enzymes, hormones and the mother's antibodies — including antibodies for COVID-19.
Industry marketing can shape beliefs about formula feeding.
Proper support for breastfeeding is an environmental imperative.
Most women want to breastfeed, but many struggle to start and to continue. Here are five ways to make it easier.
A chemist explains how some molecules in human breast milk help fight infection. Understanding their properties could lead to better infant formulas that share the health advantages of breastfeeding.
It's not that difficult to support breastfeeding mums - but governments need to take charge.
South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
The UK isn't doing enough to help mums breastfeed successfully
Breastfeeding mothers often receive a variety of well-intentioned advice about what and what not to eat during this period. But what does the science say?