Released January 2016, The Lancet Breastfeeding Series  highlights the significant economic and health benefits for both rich and poor countries alike when governments support breastfeeding though meaningful investments and programs. Based on a growing body of evidence, the Series finds the global costs of lower cognitive ability associated with not breastfeeding amount to more that $300 billion each year, a figure comparable to the entire global pharmaceutical market. Moreover, 820000 children’s lives could be saved annually with increased breastfeeding rates, a early 13% reduction in all under-5 child deaths. thousanddays.org

The Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group also provides helpful information and on-line papers >>>…