Renner Statement on Appointment to Steering Cte of Nat'l Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep

Renner Statement on Appointment to Steering Committee of National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep

October 7, 2015

Chicago, IL—Megan Renner, executive director of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, issued the following statement today regarding her appointment to the steering committee of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS):

It is an honor to serve on the NAPPSS leadership team, and I welcome this opportunity to bring the voices of the breastfeeding field deeper into the conversation. For many years we have pursued isolated approaches to the topics of infant feeding and infant sleep, while infant caregivers experience the reality of these intimately interwoven baby behaviors. It is clear that, in order to maximize our impact, we must offer an integrated approach to promoting the practices that will keep babies safe and healthy.

I applaud the efforts of the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau and NICHD Safe to Sleep® campaign in recognizing the critical need to bring these conversations forward in a spirit of mutual trust and respect. The NAPPSS coalition has brought together a broad set of national partners and built a powerful action plan that integrates breastfeeding at its core. But it is in the NAPPSS "Campaigns to Conversations" approach that the potential lies to bring this progress from paper to people: to move from awareness and reinforcement to problem solving with an equity lens, truly meeting families where they are.

Over the past several years, the breastfeeding community has experienced a similar shift: moving from a campaign-focused phase where the one-size-fits-all "breast is best" message was paramount, to a multi-sector emphasis on addressing barriers to breastfeeding success. The USBC looks forward to sharing our experiences with this transition as the safe sleep movement further expands and develops.

The path ahead may not be simple or short, but it’s one worth traveling: we simply cannot continue to kick the can down the road. Our way forward is already smoothed by overlapping stakeholders and the similar collaborative models used by NAPPSS and the USBC. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the safe sleep and breastfeeding fields to better serve our nation's families in the years ahead.

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The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations. Representing over one million concerned professionals and the families they serve, the USBC and its member organizations share a common mission to "drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." For more information on the USBC, please visit

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