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Journal of Human Lactation

Journal of Human Lactation

eISSN: 15525732 | ISSN: 08903344 | Current volume: 36 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is an international multi-disciplinary quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, original theoretical and conceptual articles, discussions regarding clinical practice and policy issues, and special features relating to research, education, and practice in human lactation and breastfeeding. JHL is relevant for all lactation professionals in clinical practice, education, public health, research, and a broad range of fields related to the trans-disciplinary field of human lactation. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Human Lactation is the official journal of the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). ILCA advances the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. ILCA membership includes a subscription to the Journal of Human Lactation.

 Committed to the promotion of diversity and equity in all our policies and practices, our aims are:

  • To provide our readers and the international communities of clinicians, educators and scholars working in the field of lactation with current and quality-based evidence, from a broad array of disciplines, including the medical sciences, basic sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
  • To provide student and novice researchers, as well as, researchers whose native language is not English, with expert editorial guidance while preparing their work for publication in JHL.

In each issue, the Journal of Human Lactation publishes original research, original theoretical and conceptual articles, discussions of policy and practice issues, and the following special features:

  • Advocacy: A column that discusses a ‘hot’ topic in lactation advocacy
  • About Research: A column focused on an in-depth discussion of a different research topic each issue
  • Lactation Newsmakers: An interview with a widely-recognized outstanding expert in the field from around the globe
  • Research Commentary: A brief discussion of the issues raised in a specific research article published in the current issue
  • Book review(s): Reviews written by content experts about relevant new publications
  • International News Briefs: From major international lactation organizations
Joan E. Dodgson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA
Associate Editors
Ellen M. Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Public Health Education, NC, USA
Laura Duckett, PhD, MPH, RN University of Minnesota, School of Nursing (Emerita), Minneapolis, MN, USA
Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX, USA
Kathleen A. Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT, USA; University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA
Assistant Editors
Azza Ahmed, DNSc, RN, IBCLC, CPNP Purdue University School of Nursing, Indiana, USA
Ethan Bamberger, BS South Glastonbury, CT, USA
Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC New York, USA
Managing Editor
Erin Valentine, MA Cary, NC, USA
Statistical Editor
Georgine Burke, PhD Hartford, CT, USA
Book Editor
Audrey K. Thompson, BBA, RN, IBCLC, Licensed LC, CCE, CLPD, IME-C National Center for Lactation Equity, Atlanta, GA, USA
Consulting Editor for WHO Code and International Advocacy
Maryse Arendt, IBCLC Chargée de direction (director), Initiativ Liewensufank Luxemburg, Luxembourg
Consulting Editor for Social Media
Caroline K. Bamberger, BA South Glastonbury, CT, USA
Editorial Board
Ilana R. Azulay Chertok, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC Ohio University School of Nursing, Ohio, USA
Helen Ball, PhD, MA Durham University, Durham, UK
Ellen Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC North Carolina State University, NC, USA
Aimee R. Eden, PhD, MPH The American Board of Family Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
Aiden Farrow, IBCLC Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
Karleen D. Gribble, BRurSc, PhD University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia
Laurence Grummer-Strawn, PhD, MPA, MA World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Paige Hall-Smith, PhD Center for Women's Health and Wellness, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA
Elizabeth Hormann, Ed.M, IBCLC European Institute for Breastfeeding and Lactation, Cologne, Germany
Margaret Kyenkya, PhD Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Dawn Leeming, PhD, Dip. Clin. Psychol. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
Katsumi Mizuno, PhD, MD, IBCLC Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Darcia Narvaez, PhD University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
Laurie A. Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Fedro A. Peccatori, MD, PhD European School of Oncology, Milan, Italy
Marie Tarrant, PhD, MPH, RN School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada
Carol Wagner, MD Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Karen Wambach, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS, USA
Jacqueline H. Wolf, PhD Ohio University, Department of Social Medicine, Athens, OH, USA
Editorial Intern
Cynthia Garcia, MA Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA
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  • General Information


    The Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes papers on the widening field of topics pertinent to human lactation. Specifically, JHL publishes reviews, original research, original research (brief reports), student research, insights in policy and practice, commentaries, special reports, case reports, and letters to the editor as they relate to human milk, human lactation, lactation consulting, lactating mothers, breastfeeding infants, health outcomes, policy and practice. In addition, in each issue, JHL publishes Inside Track, a patient-focused, breastfeeding-related handout.

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGE Track system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Editor-in-Chief.

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using SAGE Language Services. This service is open to any authors who need assistance cleaning up their paper and are willing to pay professionals for help. Please note that any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author and that using this service does not guarantee acceptance into the journal, but is intended as a resource for editing, translating, figure and text formatting, and other manuscript preparation needs.

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