Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 6, 2013

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USBC Updates

FMLA: An Essential Piece of the Puzzle

This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)! MomsRising is celebrating with a blog carnival, including a contributing post from USBC Chair Cathy Carothers entitled "FMLA: An Essential Piece of the Puzzle".

Federal News

New Guide for Establishing a Federal Nursing Mother's Program, from OPM

Released in January, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Guide for Establishing a Federal Nursing Mother's Program details the requirements that Federal agencies must meet in support of nursing mothers, according to the Affordable Care Act. This comprehensive guide also demonstrates the benefits of breastfeeding to agencies, mothers, and their nursing infants. In the guide, agencies can find steps necessary to develop a program from the ground up and specific information on how an agency can improve and sustain an existing program. Several Federal agencies with outstanding nursing mother's programs are highlighted for benchmarking purposes.


Partner News

Petition to Establish National Commission on Children, from Save the Children

Save the Children has partnered with the Children's Health Fund, Every Child Matters, First Focus, Harlem Children's Zone, and Share Our Strength to create a petition calling on the President and Congress to establish a new National Commission on Children. The USBC has signed on as an organizational Partner.

Human Milk Study, from UMass

The University of Massachusetts is seeking African American breastfeeding moms living anywhere in the country to donate a human milk sample for approved breast cancer research. For more information about this study and/or to participate, call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813.

News Clippings

Huffington Post: "Breastfeeding Has Heart and Can Save Yours"

ABC local: "Mommy Monday: Hospital Takes New Approach to Breastfeeding"

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