Breastfeeding advocates must be overjoyed at the launch of the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) – Breastfeeding Medicine. It’s a new peer-reviewed journal presenting research on lactation medicine. Targeting physicians, any of us who has been looking for hard scientific evidence on breastfeeding should find it interesting too. The free first edition looks fascinating and includes:

  • The Ethics of Donor Human Milk Banking
  • Milk Flow Rates Can Be Used to Identify and Investigate Milk Ejection in Women Expressing Breast Milk Using an Electric Breast Pump
  • Effect of Environmental Conditions on Unpasteurized Donor Human Milk
  • The Effect of High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation on Serum Vitamin D Levels and Milk Calcium Concentration in Lactating Women and Their Infants
  • The Talmud and Human Lactation: The Cultural Basis for Increased Frequency and Duration of Breastfeeding Among Orthodox Jewish Women
  • ABM Clinical Protocal #13: Contraception During Breastfeedig

Justification for a journal devoted to breastfeeding:

Originally, it was felt that breastfeeding science should be in the mainstream of medical contemporary literature in the flagship journals of obstetrics, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, public health, and epidemiology lest the subject fail to catch the eye of the ordinary scientist and clinician.

A dozen years later, these premier journals are unable to publish the tremendous flow of good scientific articles being prepared by laboratory and clinical scholars in the universities and clinics of the world. Many established and respected authors are waiting months and even years to publish their work and young investigators are becoming discouraged because they are being crowded out entirely.

And what was my first thought when I saw this press release? We should have a breastfeeding blog in the b5media Science and Health Channel! I’ll solicit applications during the next round.

Business Wire, March 30, 2006