James focuses on the sociocultural dimension of breastfeeding, which is the universal norm for nurturing and nourishing children.
James Akre is a freelance author, reviewer and commentator who focuses on the sociocultural dimension of the universal norm for nurturing and nourishing children, and on pathways for making breastfeeding and human-milk feeding ordinary once again everywhere. His international public health and human development career spans five decades, including a combined total of 30 years with the International Labour Office, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Health Organization; and seven years promoting rural development and public health in Turkey, Cameroon and Haiti. He is a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for the International Breastfeeding Journal. He is also a reviewer for the journals Pediatrics and Maternal & Child Nutrition, and for the Danish Council for Independent Research; a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of La Leche League France; and a past member (2004-2010) of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).