There are many ways to save lives, some involving dazzling technologies. But maybe in our sophistication we’ve overlooked a way to ease childhood malnutrition that is sustainable, scalable, free — and so straightforward that all hungry newborns cry for it.
— Nicolas Kristof, A Free Miracle Food, NYT, 7/10/13

Of all preventive interventions, breastfeeding has the greatest potential impact on child survival, yet only 40% of babies in the developing world are exclusively breastfed. Virtually every mother can breastfeed, if given appropriate support, advice, and encouragement, as well as practical assistance to resolve any problems. Our Breastfeeding Series “shows and tells” this important information to help health workers and mothers achieve greater breastfeeding success worldwide.

The videos follow current breastfeeding standards, were carefully reviewed by our team of lactation content experts, and field tested in several locations in the developing world. There is a set of videos for health workers and a companion set adapted for mothers.

Primary Sources

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman, 2014
Breastfeeding Made Simple, Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, 2010
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in a Baby-Friendly Hospital: 20-hour Course, UNICEF/WHO, 2009

Lactation Experts

  • Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi, IBCLC, lactation consultant at The Breastfeeding and Natural Parenting Centre, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Louise Goosen, IBCLC at Mowbray Maternity Hospital; founding member of Milk Matters, Capetown, South Africa
  • Kristen Harker, CNM, CLC, Midwife at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, USA
  • Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, Director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, USA
  • Shery Leeder, IBCLC at the International Breastfeeding Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • Jane Morton MD, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University Medical Center, USA
  • Jack Newman, MD, International Breastfeeding Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • Vicki Rich, IBCLC, RN, Certified Childbirth Educator, Vermont, USA
  • Casie Tesfai, Certified Lactation Counselor and Nutrition Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee, USA
  • Cindy Turner-Maffei, IBCLC, Affiliate Faculty, Union Institute & University, USA

Collaborators at Clinical Sites

  • Toronto:  Jack Newman and Edith Kernerman, International Breastfeeding Centre
  • Nepal:  Shadie Tofigh, Family Planning Association of Nepal, and staff at the Itahari Birthing Center
  • Nepal:  Dr. Chanda Karki, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital
  • Kenya:  Healthright International, Jennifer Snell (Program Director) and staff in Kenya; Kapenguria Clinic; Kitale Hospital

On-site Lactation Expert

Shery Leeder (Toronto, Canada) in Nepal
Louise Goosen (Capetown, South Africa) in Kenya

Health Worker “Actresses”

Nepal:  Sipra Joshi, Meena Sharma
Kenya:  Alice Waweru, Rose Nambuye

Narrators

English:  Charlotte Blake Alston
Spanish:  Maria Alexandra Granja
French:  Jeanne Bernier

Animation

Edmund Earle, Edgeworx Designs

Financial Support

Two grants from the Laerdal Foundation and the Vitol Foundation were instrumental in making the breastfeeding series possible. We’d also like to thank our friends and neighbors in the Mad River Valley of Vermont—and beyond—for their steady support for our film series.