Action Alert: Help us send 5,000 letters telling Congress that breastfeeding success shouldn't depend on a mom's job type!
Currently, federal law requires employers to provide nursing mothers who are hourly wage-earners ("nonexempt" employees) reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom location to express breast milk for one year after the child's birth. Yet this provision does not cover "exempt" or salaried employees. The Supporting Working Moms Act would ensure a fair and uniform national policy by extending the existing federal provision to cover approximately 12 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers.
We're already halfway to our goal! Help us reach 5,000 messages to Congress by sharing this link with a friend, family member, or coworker today: www.usbreastfeeding.org/swma13-action
Emergency Preparedness Resources
In the wake of this week's tragedy in DC, our thoughts are with all those affected. The USBC has recently updated our webpage on Breastfeeding and Emergencies. In addition to information and resources specific to breastfeeding, the page now includes a robust compilation of general resources on different types of emergencies, as well as on shelter, recovery, and talking to children/helping children cope.
Invitation to Comment on Strategic Plan Draft, from HHS
Every four years, the Department of Health & Human Services updates its strategic plan, which describes its work to address complex, multifaceted, and ever-evolving health and human service issues. Under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, Federal agencies are required to consult with Congress and to solicit and consider the views of external parties. Submit your input on the draft HHS Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2018. The comment period will close on October 15, 2013.
Revised Clinical Protocol, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has published a revised Clinical Protocol #17: Guidelines for Breastfeeding Infants with Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, or Cleft Lip and Palate, presenting ten recommendations for clinical practice. Recommendations include immediate access to a lactation specialist for mothers who wish to breastfeed, modifications to breastfeeding positions, and guidelines on breastfeeding following cleft lip/palate repair.
F as in Fat Report, from TFH and RWJF
Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the 2013 F as in Fat report, finding that after three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in almost every state. The report aims to raise awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic, highlighting nine key policy approaches for preventing obesity, related health issues, and associated costs.
New YouTube Channel, from NICHQ
The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) has launched a new YouTube channel. The channel features two videos previously developed to highlight NICHQ's efforts to support breastfeeding families.
Science and Sensibility blog: "How Too Much Information May Cause Problems for Breastfeeding New Mothers"
Our Milky Way blog: "Breastfeeding at the ball game"