Professor Amy Brown is based in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK where she directs the new research centre ‘LIFT’ : Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translation.
With a background in psychology, she first became interested in the increasingly global issue of low breastfeeding rates when breastfeeding her first baby. Three babies and a PhD later she has spent the last fifteen years exploring psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, with an emphasis on understanding how we can shift our perception of breastfeeding from an individual mothering issue, to a wider public health problem.
As a psychologist she is also particularly interested in the relationship between breastfeeding and mental health and is currently working on a number of research projects exploring how mental health and infant feeding are intertwined, Current projects include understanding how we can better support women who have been unable to meet their breastfeeding goals and how we can protect lactation professionals from their own burnout and trauma due to supporting increasing numbers of women let down by the system.
Professor Brown has published over 100 papers exploring the barriers women face in feeding their baby during the first year. She is author of ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered’, ‘Why starting solids matters’, ‘The positive breastfeeding book’, ‘Informed is best’, 'Why breastfeeding grief and trauma matter' and co-editor to the new book ‘A guide to support breastfeeding for the medical profession’. She also has a new book coming out this year but as always, finds composing the title more difficult than writing the book so watch this space...