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Letters and Public Comments

June 2013

This letter, co-signed by 33 national organizations and 17 state breastfeeding coalitions, was sent to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Jeff Merkley to thank them for demonstrating their commitment to our nation's mothers and children by introducing the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013.

May 2012

This letter, co-signed by MomsRising and the National Partnership for Women & Families, was sent to TIME magazine in response to its May 21, 2012 cover story, "Are You Mom Enough?"

August 2011

The USDA Food & Nutrition Service issued a request for public comments on the approach for selecting and awarding local agencies for excellence in WIC breastfeeding services and support. Section 231 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, requires that USDA establish a program to recognize WIC local agencies and clinics that demonstrate exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities.

June 2011

The NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a request for public comments on its Vision White Papers. NICHD is collaborating with its many stakeholders to identify the most promising scientific opportunities of the next decade across the breadth of the Institute’s mission. The aim of this process is to develop a scientific Vision that sets an ambitious agenda and inspires the NICHD, its many partners, and the research community to achieve critical scientific goals and meet pressing public health needs.

April 2011

The Food & Drug Administration issued a request for public comments on a planned experimental study about certain types of label statements on infant formula, such as those that are either structure function claims or similar to such claims.

March 2011

This letter, co-signed by 38 national organizations and 98 regional/state/local organizations, was sent to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking for $15 million to fund breastfeeding support initiatives in Fiscal Year 2012, from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

February 2011

The Department of Labor issued a Request for Information seeking comments from the public regarding the recent amendment to the FLSA that requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a place for nursing mothers to express breast milk.

November 2010

On December 6, 2010, the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee met to discuss donor and banked human milk. FDA is opening a docket to allow for additional public comments to be submitted through January 6, 2011.

Following the recent New York Times article, 45 members of Congress asked the IRS to reverse its decision to allow breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies to be tax deductible. On January 31, 2011, the IRS overturned the ruling.

August 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services requested comments on its Draft Strategic Plan for 2010-2015. View other comments on the "Open Government at HHS" website.

July 2010

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, completed a national survey of maternity care feeding practices and policies, entitled the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey. This was USBC's response to the 2010 Request for Public Comment and Recommendations.

June 2010

This letter was sent to Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Kline, urging the Committee to insert additional language in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation ensuring that USDA has statutory authority to require scientific analysis prior to the authorization of the use of infant foods and infant formula with health claims regarding functional ingredient additives.

December 2009

This letter was co-signed by 37 national and international organizations.

November 2009

These letters, co-signed by 29 national and international organizations and 26 state/territory breastfeeding coalitions, were sent to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Jeff Merkley to thank them for demonstrating their commitment to our nation's mothers and children by introducing the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.

September 2009

This letter was sent to President Obama to applaud the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and to urge consideration of breastfeeding.

July 2009

This letter was sent in reponse to the FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner's request in AAP News for comments on advancing child health.

This letter, co-signed by 17 national and international organizations, was sent to urge the leadership of Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) to provide a “home” for birth and breastfeeding in the suggested HP2020 Topic Areas.

March 2009

This letter, co-signed by 32 national and international organizations, was sent by USBC Chair Dr. Joan Younger Meek to the Atlantic in response to an article published in the April 2009 issue. The article, "The Case Against Breast-feeding," was written by Hanna Rosin.

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, completed a national survey of maternity care feeding practices and policies, entitled the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey. This was USBC's response to the 2009 Request for Public Comment and Recommendations.

January 2009

The American Academy of Pediatrics circulated this joint letter to the Internal Revenue Service urging revision of current policy to allow breast pumps and related equipment to be reimbursed under Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). View the IRS response.

October 2008

This was USBC's response to the Request for Public Comments for Use in Preparing for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

February 2008

September 2007

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Dr. Audrey Naylor to The Washington Post in response to an article published August 31, 2007. The article, "HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads: Formula Industry Urged Softer Campaign," was written by Marc Kaufman and Christopher Lee.

September 2006

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Dr. Audrey Naylor to The New York Times in response to an article published September 1, 2006. The article, "On the Job, Nursing Mothers Find a 2-Class System," was written by Jodi Kantor. Read the published Letters to the Editor.

September 2005

June 2005

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Dr. Audrey Naylor to the producers of ABC's The View in response to coverage of the breastfeeding mothers’ “nurse-in” staged outside the studio in New York City.

June 2004

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Amy Spangler to the producers of ABC's 20/20 in response to the investigative report, “Milk Money,” which exposed the attempts of the infant formula industry to halt the launch of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign.

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Amy Spangler to thank Secretary Thompson for supporting the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign.

November 2003

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Amy Spangler to thank the Ad Council for its efforts in developing a national advertising campaign to promote breastfeeding.

This letter was sent by USBC Chair Amy Spangler to urge Secretary Thompson to support the scheduled launch of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign.