EventLaunch of the 2023 Lancet series on breastfeeding
Date8 February 2023
Time12.30-14.00 UK time (13h30-15h00 CET)


Join Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of the Lancet and a panel of experts for a live event at the Royal Society of Medicine, as they unpack a new three-paper Lancet series which explores how the value of breastfeeding is wasted by government and public health, and exploited by the formula milk industry.

  • Infant behaviours, feeding practices and multisectoral interventions to support breastfeeding
  • How baby behaviours are misconstrued to undermine breastfeeding, but multi-sectoral interventions protect its health impacts
  • How the formula marketing ‘playbook’ targets parents, health professionals and politicians and undermines the health and rights of children and mothers
  • How power imbalances and political and economic structures determine feeding practices, women’s rights and health outcomes.

Authors call for breastfeeding to be a collective responsibility, that is effectively protected, promoted and supported at all levels.


Moderator: Kathriona Deveraux, award winning reporter, presenter, and broadcaster


  • Ms Kathriona Deveraux, Moderator

The Lancet

  • Mr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

Series highlights and overview

  • Professor Nigel Rollins, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing, WHO
  • Professor David McCoy, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University

Panel discussion with Q&A

  • Professor Helen L. Ball, Durham University
  • Dr Guddi Singh, Paediatric doctor, health campaigner and TV broadcaster
  • Mrs Alison Thewliss, Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central
  • Ms Katie Gilbert, Managing Director M&C Saatchi World Service

Closing remarks

  • Professor Anthony Costello, Institute for Child Health
  • Mr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet