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National Breastfeeding Month 2018 (#NBM18)

On August 6, 2011, the USBC officially declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month. Read the Proclamation.

In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), each year the USBC hosts a social media advocacy and/or outreach campaign inviting breastfeeding coalitions, member/partner organizations, and individual supporters to join online actions and conversations to build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build a "landscape of breastfeeding support."

Read on for weekly themes and be sure to submit your NBM resources, toolkits, and events for promotion! As the month goes on, we will update this page with submissions.

Weekly Themes:

Week 1: Policy Pulse

Week 2: Special Circumstances & Emergency Preparedness

Week 3: Call to Action

Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week

How to Connect & Participate

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Week 1: Policy Pulse

Finding solutions: Small policy changes can go a long way toward supporting breastfeeding families

August 1-7

USBC Tools & Resources

USBC Resources: 

  • Breastfeeding Legislation & Policy Toolkit: Use the information inside our toolkit to educate policymakers and community members about breastfeeding-related policies
  • USBC Publication & Position Statements: All USBC publications and position statements are made available for free download and distribution
  • SGCTA Action Directory: Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) on January 20, 2011, calling on all sectors of society to "help make breastfeeding easier." USBC's SGCTA "Action Directory" showcases organizations' activities on a special page for each of the Surgeon General's 20 actions.  

National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convenening (NBCC18) Highlight: "Begin with the End in Mind: Equity & Civil Rights in Policy & Legislation"

Resources & Actions from the Field

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Week 2: Special Circumstances & Emergency Preparedness

Always ready: Resources and guidance on how to manage feeding during an emergency

August 8-15

USBC Tools & Resources

USBC Resources: 

NBCC18 Highlight: "Adapting the Models of Prevention to Address Lactation and Safe Infant Feeding in Emergencies in Puerto Rico"

Resources from the Field:

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Week 3: Call to Action

Answering the Call: Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier

August 16-22

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Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week

Love on Top: On top of joy, on top of grief, on top of everything

August 25-31