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|
|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|
|Azza Ahmed, DNSc, RN, IBCLC, CPNP||Purdue University School of Nursing, Indiana, USA|
|Ethan Bamberger, BS||South Glastonbury, CT, USA|
|Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC||North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA|
|Erin Valentine, MA||Cary, NC, USA|
|Georgine Burke, PhD||Hartford, CT, USA|
|Audrey K. Thompson, BBA, RN, IBCLC, Licensed LC, CCE, CLPD, IME-C||National Center for Lactation Equity, Atlanta, GA, USA|
|Maryse Arendt, IBCLC||Chargée de direction (director), Initiativ Liewensufank Luxemburg, Luxembourg|
|Caroline K. Bamberger, BA||South Glastonbury, CT, 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|
|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|
|Cynthia Hoover, MA||Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA|
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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jhl. 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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Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joan E. Dodgson