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Action 13. Work toward establishing paid maternity leave for all employed mothers

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denotes a USBC member organization listing

Implementation Strategies

  • Add maternity leave to the categories of paid leave for federal civil servants
  • Develop and implement programs in states to establish a funding mechanism for paid maternity leave

 

USBC Resources

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National Activities

  1,000 Days

1,000 Days

Phone: 202-969-4135

Email: info@thousanddays.org

Website: http://www.thousanddays.org

Action Activities: 1,000 Days advocates for a comprehensive paid leave policy that covers all working women in the U.S. We are mobilizing our community of moms via social media to contact their Members of Congress in support of existing legislation. We are also conducting a qualitative case study of low-wage working women's experiences without paid leave, in an effort to highlight the importance of paid leave for families across the country.


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  American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians

Phone: 913-906-6000

Email: contactcenter@aafp.org

Website: http://www.aafp.org

Action Activities: The AAFP encourages family physicians to work in their communities to advocate removal of barriers to breastfeeding. This could include overcoming cultural issues, encouraging breastfeeding-friendly workplaces, advocating for adequate paid maternity leave, and protecting the right to breastfeed in public.


Supporting Link: https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-support.html


  American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association

Phone: 202-777-2742

Email: info@apha.org

Website: http://www.apha.org

Action Activities: 1. We have several policies that call for paid leave.
2. We have participated in numerous sign on letters to support expansion as well.


Supporting Link: https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/1


  Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Phone: 814-255-2829

Email: asphn@asphn.org

Website: http://www.asphn.org

Action Activities: ASPHN’s Policy Committee submits comments and signs on to letters in support of paid leave when relevant to breastfeeding and the ASPHN mission.


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  Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Phone: 202-261-2400

Email: kwade@awhonn.org

Website: http://www.awhonn.org

Action Activities: AWHONN supports the FAMILY Act. It would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial income when they take time for their own serious health condition, including pregnancy and childbirth recovery; the serious health condition of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner; the birth or adoption of a child; and/or for particular military caregiving and leave purposes.


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  International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

Phone: 703-560-7330

Email: iblce@iblce.org

Website: http://www.iblce.org

Action Activities: IBLCE has signed on to numerous advocacy letters to the U.S. Congress regarding this matter.


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  International Childbirth Education Association

International Childbirth Education Association

Phone: 919-863-9487

Email: info@icea.org

Website: http://www.icea.org

Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information


Supporting Link: http://icea.org


  La Leche League USA

La Leche League USA

Phone: 877-452-5324

Email: Council@lllusa.org

Website: https://www.lllusa.org/

Action Activities: Through the LLL USA social media platforms, LLL works to educate the public on the importance of mothers and babies being together to establish a strong breastfeeding relationship. When possible LLL USA forwards action alerts from USBC to the LLL USA followers to contact their legislators.


Supporting Link: https://www.facebook.com/LaLecheLeagueUSA/


  Mom2Mom Global

Mom2Mom Global

Phone: 910-401-3566

Email: info@mom2momglobal.org

Website: http://www.mom2momglobal.org

Action Activities: We are partnering with MomsRising.org to raise awareness of issues facing military families, particularly surrounding the complexities of paid family leave for active duty servicemembers. We also partner with the National Military Family Association and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots to raise awareness and focus grassroots concerns from the "boots on the ground" perspective of families to the policymakers within the DOD and government.


Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org


  MomsRising

MomsRising

Phone: 415-595-8527

Email: info@momsrising.org

Website: http://www.momsrising.org

Action Activities: MomsRising supports the expansion of state and federal paid leave policies to ensure that all new parents have the opportunity to establish and continue breastfeeding before they return to work.


Supporting Link: https://action.momsrising.org/sign/paid_family_leave_2017/


  National WIC Association

National WIC Association

Phone: 202-232-5492

Email: whatemaildoyouwant@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.nwica.org

Action Activities: NWA has signed on to various letters in support of paid family leave for mothers and families. They include:
- Letter on Paid Family Leave - MomsRising
- Letter on Paid Leave for Military Families - MomsRising


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State/Community Activities

  BreastfeedLA

BreastfeedLA

Phone: 3232108505

Email: apalmer@breastfeedla.org

Website: http://BreastfeedLA.org

Action Activities: BreastfeedLA is an active member of the California Work and Family Coalition. We partner with them to provide several training opportunities for paid family leave. We also participate in a statewide meeting and lobby days on this issue.


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Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: CBC supports paid family leave in CT and the organizations working to bring this to the legislature. CBC has provided testimony in previous legislative forums and supported the initiatives of organizations, like the CT Women's Education and Legal Fund.


Supporting Link: http://a


  District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 202-470-2732

Email: info@dcbfc.org

Website: http://www.dcbfc.org

Action Activities: The DC Breastfeeding Coalition provided testimony to support the Child's Right to Nurse Human Rights Amendment Act of 2017 and the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, which provides 8 weeks of paid leave.


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  Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: The KBC is working with state partners to determine possible next steps to introduce legislation in Kansas for paid family leave.


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  Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: none

Email: president@mdbfc.org

Website: http://www.mdbfc.org

Action Activities: The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition held a screening last year of the film Zero Weeks. Members of the Coalition also testified on behalf of a paid family leave bill for state employees (it passed) earlier this year. We are hopeful this is the beginning of a larger movement.


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Michigan Breastfeeding Network

Michigan Breastfeeding Network

Action Activities: Following the MIBFN mission to create a supportive breastfeeding culture, our organization advocates for a national Paid Family and Medical Leave program calling for at least 14 weeks of leave paid at two-thirds of regular earnings as recommended by the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) and supported by other public health organizations such as the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and ZERO TO THREE. Comprehensive legal support for all working families wishing to breastfeed, including low-income families, makes sound fiscal sense for all sectors involved: family, business, and society at large. Paid Family and Medical Leave yields higher rates and longer periods of breastfeeding, which reduces the rates of childhood infections, reduces the death rate in infants, and decreases maternal stress (Kamerman, S.B., “Parental leave policies: the impact on child well-being,” 2006).


Supporting Link: https://www.mibreastfeeding.org/workplace/


  New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

Action Activities: The NH Breastfeeding Task Force supports paid maternity leave.


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  New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 845-325-3382

Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nysbreastfeeding.org

Action Activities: Collaborated and did advocacy work across NYS to promote Paid Family Leave Law. Paid Family Leave is now available up to 12 weeks.
Resources are listed on our website.


Supporting Link: https://www.nysbreastfeeding.org/laws-and-legislation/


Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 7853050334

Email: PBPNBreastfeedingCoa@pbpnation.org

Website: http://

Action Activities: • interested in seeing how we can improve our tribal nation's Paid Leave for mothers


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