ARC Future Fellowship, Research to enhance measurement, understanding, and policy regulatory approaches to emerging markets and trade in mothers' milk


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Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Innovation affecting human milk supply challenges current regulation of infant food, but new markets in human milk assist the economic valuation of breastfeeding. Mothers are finding new ways to share their milk, and milk banking and human milk-based products are emerging as alternatives to commercial infant formula. This project builds on previous world-leading Australian research into the economics of breastfeeding. It aims to increase understanding of markets in milk for infants and inform regulation of milk markets and milk exchange. It will investigate key features of these markets, how milk is priced, and how to access data on market prices which might improve the social and economic valuation of breastfeeding.

Without better regulation, the global market for breast milk will exploit mothers

11 July 2017

Opinion piece by Julie Smith in The Conversation

Image: Julie Smith (RegNet)

RegNet scholar Julie Smith interviewed on SBS's The Feed on her research which looks into the emerging market for breast milk.

29 September 2016

RegNet scholar Julie Smith on the emerging market of breast milk.


Dr Julie Smith

Dr Smith is an ARC Future Fellow, and Professor (Associate) at the ANU. She was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow then...

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  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food systems, nutrition and climate change
  • Regulation and governance of health care systems

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