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2011 Federal Appropriations for Breastfeeding Support

On March 7, 2011, USBC sent a letter, co-signed by 38 national organizations and 98 regional/state/local organizations, to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The letter asks for $15 million to fund breastfeeding support initiatives in Fiscal Year 2012, from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Toolkit for Action to Support the FY2012 Appropriations Request

  1. Joint letter to Congressional Appropriations Committees
  2. Briefing document to accompany letter
  3. Tips for lobbying (courtesy of the AAP Federal Affairs Office)
  4. Executive summary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (to hand out at meetings with legislators or link to in e-mails). More info available at www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/breastfeeding
  5. 2010 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card (to hand out at meetings with legislators or link to in e-mails). More info available at www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding
  6. Slides from 3/10/2011 briefing for advocates on the appropriations request and audio recording of webinar
  7. One pager summarizing request (to hand out at meetings with legislators)
  8. Summary info about members of the Appropriations Committees