Supporting Working Moms Act – deadline – now
Senator Merkley and Congresswoman Maloney are introducing the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2017. This would extend the right to workplace accommodations for breastfeeding employees to all workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Passage of this Act would particularly help teachers. USBC has an easy tool to send a message to your senators and representatives to support this act. Take action now!
Healthy People 2030 – deadline Sept. 29, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030 developed by the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The framework refers to the Healthy People 2030 vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals that will guide the selection and prioritization of objectives for Healthy People 2030. Read the full Committee report [PDF – 628.8 KB].
Take Action: Submit written comments by Sept. 29, 2017
Fed is Best Campaign to Undermine Breastfeeding
There is growing concern in the “First Food Field” about the Fed Is Best (FIB) Foundation’s increasingly aggressive efforts to undermine mothers’ confidence in breastfeeding. Over the past several months, FIB has engaged in what could be characterized as a well-orchestrated disinformation campaign aiming to raise doubts about the safety of exclusive breastfeeding. Their messages attempt to draw links between the practice of exclusive breastfeeding by parents, as well as its education and promotion by health care providers, and the tragic deaths and injuries of babies.
Eighty-five national, state, and local organizations signed on to the letter, including TXBC. 1,000 Days sent the letter to FIB on August 15, 2017 to request a meeting to discuss concerns about the information FIB is providing to moms on breastfeeding. Fed is Best did send a response to the letter, but did not mention a meeting or any intent for discussion.
Take Action: Review the information on the Fed Is Best website. If moms are expressing concern about the information, share what is being done by breastfeeding organizations to address this issue either directly with moms or through social media.