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A mother holds her infant son in her lap while breastfeeding.
Photo Credit: Karen Kasmauski/MCSP and Jhpiego

As the secretariat manager for the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan (GNCP), USAID Advancing Nutrition hosted an webinar on behalf of the 1,000 Days Subgroup on understanding the biology of human milk. The Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN) project takes an ecological approach to analyzing the unique biology of human milk by exploring it as a complex biological system and examining its interactions with its internal (parental biology) and external (infant interactions) environments. This GNCP webinar presented the findings of the BEGIN project and provided an opportunity for a conversation about its implications moving forward.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Resources

Speakers

Alison Steiber, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Andrew Bremer, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Dan Raiten, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Fatmata Fatima Sesay, United Nations Children's Fund

Jeniece Alvey, U.S. Agency for International Development

Jennifer M. Nelson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nigel Rollins, World Health Organization

Lindy Fenlason, U.S. Agency for International Development

BEGIN Project Presentations

Parental Inputs — Margaret (Peggy) Neville, University of Colorado School of Medicine

HM Composition — Jennifer Smilowitz, University of California, Davis

Infant Inputs — Mandy Belfort, Harvard Medical School

Research Approach — Meghan Azad, University of Manitoba,

Translational Framework — Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, University of Cincinnati