YSPH-Led Project to Increase Breastfeeding Expanding Globally


Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF): A Guide to Global Scale-Up, developed to increase breastfeeding rates globally is expanding to include England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Myanmar and Samoa.  The announcement was made this month by the Swiss-based Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) who recently allocated an additional $1.5 million toward the BBF — strengthening its close partnership with the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH).

Led by Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, YSPH Professor of Public Health and Director of the Global Health Concentration, the BBF program was developed to improve breastfeeding around the world by helping to guide countries on how to scale up and sustain cost-effective breastfeeding programs.   BBF applies benchmarks to assess roadblocks to successful breastfeeding and helps countries identify gaps in their own breastfeeding programs, thus enabling efficient and focused resource allocation.