An age-old cure for what ails the world

Globally, breast-feeding could save about 820,000 lives a year, according to a new series published in The Lancet. In this guest column, Shawn Baker, director of nutrition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Cesar Victora, epidemiologist and lead author, discuss the potential impact on maternal and child health.

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About the authors

  • Shawn Baker

    Shawn Baker is the director of the nutrition team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that women and children receive the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development.
  • Cesar Victora

    Cesar Victora is emeritus professor of epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and has honorary appointments at Harvard, Oxford and Johns Hopkins University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has conducted extensive research in maternal and child health and nutrition, birth cohort studies, inequalities in health, and on the evaluation of the impact of major global health programs.