It's 2015: why are so many moms still forced to fight for time and space to pump during the workday?
Employment is now the norm for women of childbearing age, yet breastfeeding mothers continue to face barriers in the workplace. That's why we need YOUR help building support and gaining co-sponsors for the Supporting Working Moms Act (SWMA) and letting employers know that family-friendly policies are important to employees and consumers!
In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) 2015, the USBC is hosting a social media advocacy campaign inviting supporters to join a variety of online actions and conversations to raise awareness and advocate for the policy and practice changes breastfeeding families need.
Each week of August the campaign is focusing on a specific sector/system of support, with Twitter chats and advocacy tools to inspire education and action to support breastfeeding families from the grassroots to the treetops. This week it's also World Breastfeeding Week, and the aligned theme is Breastfeeding at Work: Let's Make it Work!
"I returned to work at three months and pumped until my daughter was nine months old. I was very grateful for the opportunity. Many of my coworkers and friends cited not having a place to pump after they returned to work as their main reason for not breastfeeding or for breastfeeding for a shorter duration than they would have liked....Every woman and her family should be supported if they choose to breastfeed their newborns when they return to the workplace. Employers should be aware of the benefits to mom, baby, family and company as well." – Samantha, Alabama
There are FIVE easy ways to take action:
- Tell Congress to support ALL breastfeeding and working families with the Supporting Working Moms Act: With our easy action tool, you can e-mail your Representative and Senators with just a few clicks of the mouse!
- Share stories of experiences with employer implementation of the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law: Submissions become part of a bank of real-life stories that we share with legislators to seek co-sponsorship, and quote in action campaigns, blogs, articles, and conversations with policymakers and the media.
- Tweet breastfeeding-friendly employers: Public praise goes a long way toward encouraging employers to maintain and expand workplace breastfeeding support, and peer pressure encourages others to get started! Click on the "Tweet Now!" links in the chart below to send customized Twitter messages to employers in your community. Note: If you don't already have a Twitter account, the links will first walk you through easy account setup steps.
- Join the NBM15 Week 1 #WellnessWed Twitter chat on August 5 from 2-3 p.m. ET: Follow and contribute to the conversation on hashtag #WellnessWed, and use these other hashtags in your tweets: #WorkingFamilies #SWMA #PaidLeave #WBW15.
- Help spread the word: Promote this week's actions to your network using our shareable graphics.
With such a variety of ways to raise our voices, we can demonstrate the Nation's overwhelming support for action to support #Breastfeeding and #Working Families!
Your voice can make all the difference...thank you for your continued participation and support.
-Megan, Amelia, Kinkini, and the USBC team
Like what we're doing? Join our work to make a difference for our nation's families: www.usbreastfeeding.org/Friends