From 2014 to May 2020, the USBC hosted this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its training, technical assistance, and capacity building support for its network of breastfeeding coalition, national organizations, and community-based organizations throughout the United States. Explore the archive of free presentations below.
The Role of Law and Policy in Assisting Families to Reach Healthy People’s Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Breastfeeding Goals in the United States
- Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Distinguished Professor of Infant and Young Child Feeding, Gillings School of Global Public Health
- Angela K. McGowan, JD, MPH, Project Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Cheryl Lebedevitch, BA, Senior Workplace Program Manager and Policy Analyst, United States Breastfeeding Committee
- Leila Barraza, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona
Rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration in the U.S. fall short of national health goals, including those in the Healthy People Initiative. Legal and policy solutions can play an important role in creating and sustaining the maternal child health systems and environments that help all families achieve their infant feeding goals. This panel discussion will share information from a new report recently released as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy Project - a collaboration between the federal HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - that examines how communities can use law and policy interventions at the healthcare, workplace, school, and community-levels to achieve Healthy People’s objectives related to breastfeeding. This session will highlight key findings from the report, including summarizing existing laws and policies that impact breastfeeding families, and sharing specific initiatives from the national to community level that demonstrate emerging trends in breastfeeding support and policy.