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James Akre

When presenting at breastfeeding conferences, James Akre often begins by emphasizing his three most important credentials, in order of significance: being a mammal (since 1944), being a father (since 1974), and being a grandfather (since 2000). Before formally retiring in 2004, James also worked for 30 years in the field of international public health nutrition. He believes that people fare best when they act consistently with nature; the newborn, then, should begin life at the mother’s breast. James is a passionate advocate for appropriate nurturing and nutrition for all children. “Breastfeeding,” he explains, “is not a woman’s issue. Breastfeeding is not a man's issue. Breastfeeding is a human issue.”