Milk: The Food That Evolved Humanity, A TEDx Talk

Milk: The Food that Helped Evolve Humanity

Does a baby’s first food really matter? Human milk has an inescapable connection to human evolution – filled with genetic components, bioactive factors, stem cells, and bacteria to populate the human microbiome. Discover how unique this amazing fluid is and why human milk is designed specifically for humans.

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD is an international speaker, pregnancy and breastfeeding specialist, consultant, educator, and author. Laurel is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever; original editor of The CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual; as well as a contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves.

Her passion is blending today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom to help professionals and families realize the magnitude and importance of the perinatal period. Her 17 years as Executive Director for Lactation Programs with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association formed the foundation of her inquiry into the science of human milk. She acted as a board director for the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019 and currently serves as an advisor for InJoy Health. Laurel is a member of Kindred’s International Editorial Advisory Board.

Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for nearly three decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into parenthood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

  1. Dr. Charlotte Peterson says

    Greatly appreciate your website! I have studied parenting practices all over the world, especially in peaceful cultures. My long-held quest has been to reveal how nurturing of infants can grow kids with more ability to be compassionate, better at negotiating, compromising, & regulating emotions. My observations along with early brain research are available in my evidence-based book: The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you…

  2. Laurel Wilson says

    Nice to virtually meet you, Dr. Peterson. Thank you for your kind words. Feel free to connect via my email at

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