Originally from Wau Shilluk, a small town on the banks of the River Nile, in Upper Nile State, Viviana Simon now lives with her four children and grandmother at the UN internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Malakal, South Sudan. © 2016 Charles Lomodong, Courtesy of Photoshare
We are excited to share with you Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly: A Guide to Global Scale-Up (BBF), our evidence based program to enable countries to assess their readiness to scale up breastfeeding protection, promotion and support.
Breastfeeding is a proven, natural behavior that gives children the healthiest start in life as well as a promising future. The 2016 Lancet series on breastfeeding estimated that 823,000 children’s lives would be saved annually in 75 high-mortality Low and Middle Income Countries if breastfeeding was scaled up to near universal levels. This is 13.8% of the deaths of children under 2 years of age.
Despite all of the benefits breastfeeding provides, prevalence remains low globally, only 37% of children under six months of age in low- and middle-income countries are breastfed exclusively.
The BBF Guide was developed to help policy makers make data–driven decisions to successfully scale up their breastfeeding programs. The long-term objective of the project is to identify the concrete measures a country can take to sustainably increase it's breastfeeding rates.
I hope you will look through our website, and follow the steps to becoming breastfeeding friendly.
Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla
Yale School of Public Health
The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation of Zug, Switzerland, has awarded a $680,000 grant to the Yale School of Public Health to develop the Breastfeeding Friendly Country Index to accurately measure the effectiveness and progress of breastfeeding promotional programs around the world.