This week the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee sent a package of materials to the offices of every senator and representative to educate them about the state of breastfeeding nationally and in their district, emphasizing the role policymakers play in protecting infant nutrition security, and highlighting the most pressing policy areas in need of attention this congressional session.
We are now calling on individuals to help amplify our call to action by urging their senators and representatives to review these materials and include breastfeeding on their policy agenda.
The Welcome Congress package they received includes:
The 118th congressional session has just begun and policymakers are busy finalizing their policy agendas for the 2023-2024 session. It's extremely important that they hear from constituents about their priorities. Join us by contacting your legislators today!
Last year, the USBC network helped us win important workplace protections for lactation parents. This year we will continue this work to eliminate the barriers to human milk feeding.
Thank you for taking action with us!
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is excited to launch the Creating Space Scholarship. The scholarship supports our efforts to create a vibrant membership network of organizations working at every level of the system and reflecting the needs and diversity of families and communities across the nation.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Creating Space Scholarship will allow the USBC to award 100 organizations with complimentary membership for 2023. Awardees that engage in membership meetings or other USBC activities can renew the scholarship for up to five years as funding allows.
The scholarship is open to organizations that meet the following criteria:
CRASH, USBC's equity committee, defines priority populations as people and communities that have been marginalized and oppressed. These groups are more likely to experience systemic inequities related to lactation care and have breastfeeding rates that are disproportionately low, misconstrued, or undocumented. Delivering on our commitment to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States requires that we center the needs of these groups in our efforts.
Standing by the ethos of Nothing About Us Without Us, we recognize organizations standing for these communities must have seats at the table. The Creating Space Scholarship is an invitation to join us. Membership gives organizations power and say in the initiatives USBC advances for the First Food field. Together, we have the collective strength to drive transformative policy, system, and environmental changes to make breastfeeding/human milk feeding easy and obvious for most families.
To apply for the Creating Space Scholarship, organizations must submit a membership application and indicate their eligibility therein. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funding allows.
About the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is the most unified voice in advocating for breastfeeding policy and practice change in the U.S. Our membership includes 100+ organizations working collaboratively to drive efforts that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the nation.
The USBC was established in 1998 (incorporated in Florida in 2000) in response to the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. Innocenti calls on every nation to establish a multisectoral breastfeeding committee with representatives from government departments, non-governmental organizations, and health professional associations to coordinate national breastfeeding initiatives.
Open Letter to Congress: New research highlights critical need for strong policies to leverage the value of breastfeeding
*** This open letter, published jointly by 1,000 Days and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, was sent to the offices of all Senators and Representatives on Thursday, February 9 ***
Dear Members of the 118th Congress,
As leaders advocating for healthy families and children, 1,000 Days and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee invite you to join us in creating a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
Breast milk is recognized as the optimal food for babies and plays a critical role in their growth and development.[i] Numerous studies have shown that breastfeeding promotes healthy cognitive and social-emotional development.[ii] It also saves lives by helping to protect babies from infections and conditions such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).[iii] Breastfeeding even lowers a child's risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life. In addition, women who breastfed reduce their risk of specific chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and ovarian cancers.[iv]
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