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Call for Papers: JHL Call for Special Issue on Laws and Policies Related to Infant and Young Child Feeding

The Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is soliciting manuscripts for their February 2022 special issue on a wide variety of topics pertaining to laws and policies related to infant and young child feeding. 

Submissions can include original research, literature reviews, case studies, and insights into practice and policy. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: Describe how it is applied in 2021; which countries follow it; which countries have laws that are actually enforceable and how that is done with outcomes; how they are actually enforced when this does happen (in your own country and/or compared to other countries); describe companies/organizations that operate on the “edges” of the International Code (i.e. breast pump companies that are not code compliant; non-profit foundations that were founded by executives from and funded by profits from Code non-compliant companies that fund Infant and Young Child Feeding-related research).
  • Paid parental leave: Describe the laws in your country and how changes in policy/law have influenced infant and young child feeding standards over time; describe how changes in policy/law have influenced breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity rates.
  • Workplace lactation support: Implementation of work environment policy for working lactating mothers; employers’ responsibility to make lactation room(s) available for employees or any similar policies and how has that affected Infant and Young Child Feeding; consider state, provincial and/or federal laws concerning workplace lactation support that do not include means of enforcement or where they do not even exist and the ramifications.
  • Government regulations: Lack of, or conversely presence of policy intended to increase access to the care of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) care; consider how governmental guidance specific to one country or region that may be implemented in other parts of the world can actually cause harm.
  • Breastfeeding in public: Consider whether laws are needed based on current policies and laws; write about the existing laws; on-going issues with complaints about public indecency.
  • Education policy: Discuss whether funding (and where it might come from) should be provided to assist persons working with childbearing/childrearing families in communities with low rates of breastfeeding (i.e., exclusive to 6 months; duration to one year or more) to become IBCLCs; examples of model programs; how to create model programs.
  • Funding regulations or policies for health care practices: The influence of insurance regulations/policies/national health care practices influence infant and young child feeding practices in your location.
  • Licensure of IBCLCs: Obstacles that have arisen in states/provinces where human milk feeding advocates have introduced legislation to license IBCLCs; places obstacles to licensure have been overcome; how this was accomplished. 
  • Drug regulations: In the US there are regulations concerning the use of Domperidone; how this affects practice; other issues globally pertaining to drug regulations and lactation.

The submission deadline is 1 October 2021.

For more information, please visit the JHL journal homepage here.

Please send email inquiries about specific ideas for manuscripts for this special issue to the Editor in Chief at

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