February 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

A deeper understanding of the biology of human milk is essential to address ongoing and emerging questions about infant feeding practices. Human milk is a complex biological system, a matrix of many interacting parts, that is more than the sum of those parts. Its production needs to be studied as an ecology that consists of inputs from the mother, her breastfeeding baby, and their respective environments. The Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN) meeting series is designed to examine this ecology, its functional implications for both mother and infant. The goal is to support the research community’s efforts to ensure safe, efficacious, and context-specific infant feeding practices in the United States and globally.