Tell Congress to expand working moms' right to breastfeed. Ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011, to ensure that every mom is empowered and supported to reach her personal breastfeeding goals.
The Inside Scoop
USBC officially declares August is National Breastfeeding Month;
New USBC Statement on Infant/Young Child Feed in Emergencies;
CDC's Vital Signs on "Hospital Support for Breastfeeding";
The Joint Commission's Speak Up™ campaign: "What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding";
First Lady announces the Let's Move! Child Care initiative, including breastfeeding support;
Yet positive stories of employers' support for breastfeeding employees abound. One mom told us: "I was supported by my employer to have breaks to pump whenever I needed. I had a private room with an outlet, chair and sink...all I needed to provide my daughter milk when I was at work."
"Is it really that easy," employers ask? YES!
Workplace lactation support is both simple and cost effective; programs can result in a three dollar return on investment for every dollar spent. The insurance company CIGNA found that their program resulted in an annual savings of $240,000 in health care expenses, 62% fewer prescriptions, and $60,000 savings in reduced absenteeism rates. Read more...
Chair's Column: Breastfeeding Advocacy - Are You a Zealot?
"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
It is no secret that collaboration is the foundation of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).
The USBC leads national efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding using an unprecedented model that connects over 40 professional and educational organizations, advocates, and government with state and local coalitions. When USBC's accomplishments are reviewed, there is no doubt that when a group of passionate, like-minded individuals work together, a new level of success is achieved.
It is easy to think that an individual's efforts are singularly insignificant and, in fact, many of us use this thought process to justify our lack of personal engagement in a variety of settings—including advocacy for better national breastfeeding policies. We also sometimes assume that our professional efforts to support breastfeeding equate to personal effort. While it is hard to separate our personal from professional lives in many cases, we must never lose sight of the importance of our unique contributions as individuals, and perhaps more importantly, our responsibility as a member of our breastfeeding communities. We must remember to be individuals as well as collaborators.Read more...
Member Spotlight: La Leche League International
The mission of La Leche League is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. We bridge the gaps between the medical community and the mothers who choose to initiate breastfeeding. Every day our accredited volunteers, La Leche League Leaders, make a difference through support group meetings and by helping one mother and one baby at a time, at no cost. Leaders patiently offer words of support, information, and smiles of encouragement—exactly what mothers, babies, and families need to breastfeed successfully. Read more...