Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 31, 2012

USBC Updates

Hurricane Sandy

Our thoughts and prayers this Halloween morning are with the families affected by the "superstorm." But whether it is hurricane season or any season, it is always important to inform health care and emergency relief workers, the public, and the media about the important role of breastfeeding and human milk during emergencies. The USBC Statement on Infant/Young Child Feeding in Emergencies includes guidelines, and further information and resources can be found on the Emergencies page of the USBC website.

Action Alert: Tweet Your Candidates

Have you seen the "Breastfeeding is Bipartisan": Tweet Your Candidates campaign? With just a few simple steps, you can ask your candidates to stand up for breastfeeding families while also educating them about what types of protection and support will really make a difference. To make it easy, we've created a state-by-state tool with a built-in custom Tweet, pre-populated with the Twitter usernames for the candidates in each Congressional race. Never Tweeted before? The link will walk you through setting up your account.

If you prefer not to Tweet, here are some other ways you can participate:

  • Reach out to your candidates through Facebook, send them a letter or e-mail, or ask questions at local campaign events. Our talking points can help you develop a message about what matters most to you.
  • Help spread the word! Share the campaign with friends and family by sending them to www.usbreastfeeding.org/tweet-candidates.

Member News

From MomsRising: "Thank You to Kaiser Permanente" Action Alert

Kaiser Permanente, one of the country's largest health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, recently announced that by 2013 all of their maternity hospitals will be designated as Baby-Friendly or follow procedures outlined by The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measures program to better support mothers to exclusively breastfeed. Thank Kaiser Permanente for taking this important step with MomsRising's easy action tool.

From Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Summit on Breastfeeding

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Fourth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding was held June 4-6 in Washington, DC, highlighting ongoing breastfeeding disparities. These disparities are discussed in a special issue of Breastfeeding Medicine, now available for free download. Read the press release.


Coalition / Partner News

From W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Michigan Breastfeeding Network: Michigan MotherBaby Summit

On October 4, more than 100 nurses, doctors, and others came together to promote breastfeeding policies in Michigan hospitals during the state's first MotherBaby Summit. Read the press release.


Coalition News / News Clippings

From West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance: great coverage in the Charleston Gazette


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This year we have been exploring different lengths/frequencies for the USBC e-newsletter, in preparation for the launch of a new website with a USBC blog. We plan to continue to publish "Staying Abreast" in this format, with weekly news briefs. Longer articles will move to the blog, including the Member and Coalition Spotlights and updates from USBC leadership.

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