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Associate Professor
Cecilia Tomori

Departmental Affiliations

School of Nursing

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Research Interests

Breastfeeding; infant sleep; maternal child health; sexual and reproductive health; social determinants of health; health equity; global public health
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Cecília Tomori is an anthropologist and public health scholar whose work investigates the structural and sociocultural drivers that shape health, illness, and health inequities. Tomori is internationally recognized for her expertise on breastfeeding, infant sleep, and maternal child health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has supported numerous organizations focused on maternal child health and advocated for integrated and equitable pandemic policies. Recently, she has also been pursuing how science and health policy are influenced by financial and political interests.

Tomori has collaborated with colleagues at Johns Hopkins and beyond on breastfeeding, infant sleep, infectious disease prevention, drug use and health policy, among other topics. She is an author of the 2023 Lancet Breastfeeding Series, three books on breastfeeding and reproduction, and numerous publications on a range of public health issues.
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Selected publications
  • Pérez-Escamilla R, Tomori C, Hernández-Cordero S, Baker P, Barros AJD, Begin F, Chapman DJ, Grummer-Strawn LM, McCoy D, Menon P, Neves PAR, Piwoz E, Rollins N, Victora CG, Richter L, on behalf of the 2023 Lancet Breastfeeding Series Group. (2023) Breastfeeding: crucially important, but increasingly challenged in a market-driven world. The Lancet. DOI:
  • Rollins N, Piwoz E, Baker P, Kingston G, Mbaso KM, McCoy D, Neves P, Pérez-Escamilla R, Richter L, Russ K, Sen G, Tomori C, Victora CG, Zambrano P, Hastings G, on behalf of the 2023 Lancet Breastfeeding Series Group. (2023). Marketing of commercial milk formula: a system to capture parents, communities, science, and policy. The Lancet. DOI:
  • Baker P, Smith J, Garde A, Smith J, Garde A, Grummer-Strawn L, Wood M, Sen G, Hastings G, Pérez-Escamilla R, Ling CY, Rollins N, McCoy D, on behalf of the 2023 Lancet Breastfeeding Series Group (Tomori C author member). (2023). The political economy of infant and young child feeding: confronting structural barriers, overcoming power asymmetries, and accelerating progress. The Lancet. DOI:
  • Tomori C, Hernández-Cordero S, Busath N, Menon P, Pérez-Escamilla R. (2022) What works to protect, promote and support breastfeeding on a large scale: a review of reviews. Maternal Child Nutrition. doi:
  • Han, SS and Tomori C. (eds). (2021). Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. New York, London: Routledge.