FY15 President's Budget
The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 was released last week. It again includes $60 million to USDA for WIC breastfeeding peer counselors and $2.5 million to CDC for "Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding" programs. The CDC budget justifications also note that CDC continues to support breastfeeding as a strategy to reduce obesity through the State Public Health Actions to Prevent Chronic Disease and The Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant programs.
First Food Forum, from WKKF
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation First Food Forum: Every Child. Every Mother. Every One of Us. was held this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees came together to share best practices, challenges, trends, and opportunities, along with emerging research, focused on a single goal: ensuring that more children benefit from breast milk as their first food experience. Follow the ongoing conversation on Twitter at hashtag #FirstFood14.
WHO Code Anniversary Actions, from Public Citizen
This year, May 21 will mark the 33rd anniversary of the World Health Organization adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. In honor of this important milestone, Public Citizen, the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy, the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) North America, Food and Water Watch, and other allies will engage individuals and organizations across the country to send a unified message that formula marketing in health care facilities is unethical and in violation of international standards. Public Citizen, with co-sponsoring allies, will deliver a petition signed by nearly 17,000 people to the Abbott and Mead Johnson headquarters in Chicago. Those unable to attend are encouraged to engage in actions remotely (sharing photos and videos, blogging, calling the formula companies, etc.). Organizations interested in co-sponsoring should email Eva Seidelman at email@example.com by March 26, 2014.
International Women's Day Statement, from WABA
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has published a statement highlighting the role of breastfeeding in achieving the International Women's Day 2014 theme "Equality for women is progress for all."
News from the Field
Organizational Sign On Opportunity, from TFAH
The 2014 federal budget contained significant changes to several community prevention programs at the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Trust for America's Health is circulating a set of principles and recommendations for organizational sign-on, addressing how, going forward, resources can be best used to build on the foundation, infrastructure, capacity, and lessons learned through a wide range of prior community health investments. The document and list of signatories will be shared with the agency and other key federal policymakers. Sign on by Tuesday, March 18.
Businesses Support the FAMILY Act, from BWBB
Better Workplaces, Better Businesses is a national listing of businesses that support public policies that enable employees to earn paid time away from their jobs in order to address family, medical, and health issues. The Businesses Support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act webpage highlights what business leaders have to say about why family and medical leave insurance makes business sense.
Mom-Friendly Designation, from Washington
Conversations are underway at the Washington state House of Representatives to increase access to breastfeeding rooms. The talks began as part of a push to make the House the state's first employer to achieve a proposed breastfeeding-friendly designation, a voluntary program that would have been created under a bill the House approved this month. In its original form, House Bill 2329 would have created an optional breastfeeding-friendly designation that hospitals, day cares, and employers could apply for through the state Department of Health. The bill has since been amended so the proposed breastfeeding-friendly designation would apply only to hospitals, but House members and staff continue to work to improve lactation rooms at the Capitol.
News and Views
Breastfeeding Medicine journal: "Interventions Designed to Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding in High-Income Countries: A Systematic Review"
Breastfeeding Medicine blog: "Shame, guilt and the search for common ground"
The Leaky B@@b: "Normalizing breastfeeding flying the friendly skies - Delta says yes"
The Huffington Post: "These Dads Are Going Above And Beyond To Support Breastfeeding"