Yale School of Public Health: Breastfed


Working around the world, a Yale School of Public Health researcher seeks to increase breastfeeding one baby at a time.

Breast milk: it’s liquid gold. For the vast majority of babies and mothers, breastfeeding is a safe, free and healthful choice, one that saves countless lives.

Yet relatively few mothers breastfeed for long. Many of them add or substitute with formula long before the baby has fully benefited from breast milk. Completing the recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) after birth—the single most powerful way to reduce infant mortality—is uncommon. In low- and middle-income countries, only 37 percent of babies receive EBF for the first six months of life. The United States’ rate is 27 percent. In the United Kingdom, it’s less than 1 percent.