A volunteer in Pasig City, Philippines, leads a seminar on the benefits of breastfeeding. © 2013 Irvin Jethro Velas, 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.