USBC ~ Breastfeeding: A Vision for the Future

 Link to the Vision in pdf: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/Portals/0/Publications/Vision-Document-FINAL-2011-01-web.pdf

 Announcement:

 The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition is proud to support Breastfeeding: A Vision for the Future, a new initiative of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Based on evidence, the Vision is aimed to increase awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and the support needed from all sectors of society to achieve our national breastfeeding goals. The Vision draws attention to the gaps in U.S. policy and outlines nine crucial objectives that must be met to fully address the barriers faced by mothers.

 Sign on as an Individual. USBC’s goal is to reach 15,000+ individual supporters of the Vision, before launching it as a tool to support media and legislative advocacy efforts. Add your voice to demand action by signing on at www.usbreastfeeding.org/Vision. Your support helps USBC to make a lasting impact towards the social, environmental, and institutional change needed to support our Nation’s mothers.

 Sign on as a Local Breastfeeding Coalition. USBC has invited national organization members and partners to sponsor Breastfeeding: A Vision for the Future. Local breastfeeding coalitions are also invited to sign on, but without the financial sponsorship component. Donations from coalitions are always welcome, of course, but we know that many coalitions have limited budgets! Visit the link below to sign on to the Vision as a local breastfeeding coalition:

http://gme.groupmindexpress.com/usbc/?da=2df2

 

Surgeon General’s Call to Action: A Roadmap to Improving Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

Washington, DC—Three out of four women in the United States provide their infants with the healthiest start in life by breastfeeding, and today Surgeon General Regina Benjamin called on the entire nation to support the removal of barriers to this important public health behavior. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding is an unprecedented document from the nation’s highest medical source, calling on health care providers, employers, insurers, policymakers, researchers, and the community at large to take 20 concrete action steps to support mothers in reaching their personal breastfeeding goals.

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) applauds the Call to Action, which is based on the latest evidence about the health, psychosocial, economic, and environmental effects of breastfeeding.  Read more.

 

New Videos from Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition

The Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition recently completed a series of three YouTube videos designed to motivate, educate and inspire moms to keep breastfeeding after returning to work. Each video brings together clips of real moms telling their stories about how and why they continued breastfeeding after going back to work, the obstacles they encountered, the strategies that helped them succeed, and the outcomes they enjoyed — from health to bonding — and how their employers benefitted too.

The three videos located at www.YouTube.com/user/cobfcvideos are:

  • -Breastfeeding and Working – An Overview 
  • -Employer Perspective on Accommodating Nursing Employees
  • -Colorado’s Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act

Vote for New Breastfeeding Cover

The Office on Women’s Health is updating the publication
An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding. An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding provides information and encouragement to women and their loved ones. It explains the benefits for baby, mom, and society, and also provides frequently asked questions and answers about breastfeeding. This publication is the first among our current series to be updated. New versions for African American and American Indian and Alaskan Native women will also be developed in the near future, as will guides in Spanish and other languages.

Help us choose the new cover by voting for your favorite by clicking this link!

http://www.womenshealth.gov/pub/easy-guide-breastfeeding/vote.cfm

The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States: A Pediatric Cost Analysis

Melissa Bartick, MD, MSca, Arnold Reinhold, MBAb
aDepartment of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and
bAlliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, Boston, Massachusetts

Background and Objective: A 2001 study revealed that $3.6 billion could be saved if breastfeeding rates were increased to levels of the Healthy People objectives. It studied 3 diseases and totaled direct and indirect costs and cost of premature death. The 2001 study can be updated by using current breastfeeding rates and adding additional diseases analyzed in the 2007 breastfeeding report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality… Full Article

Published online April 5, 2010
PEDIATRICS (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1616)

Healthy Babies . Healthy Families . Healthy Communities