Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 17, 2013

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USBC Updates

Board of Directors Election Results

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, we are pleased to share the results of the 2013 Board of Directors election. Please join us in congratulating our new Board members, who will take office on August 3, 2013:
Chair Elect – Beverly Curtis
Treasurer – Jeannette Crenshaw
Elected Directors:

  • Melissa Bartick
  • Kimarie Bugg
  • Pauline Sakamoto

National Breastfeeding Month Webinar: Action for the Summer Recess

During August, members of Congress will be home in their districts to hear the priorities and concerns of their constituents. It is critical that we use this opportunity to elevate the importance of policies and programs that support breastfeeding and to educate legislators on the importance of maintaining resources for breastfeeding support. Join the USBC, MomsRising, National Partnership for Women & Families, and National WIC Association on August 8 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, to learn about action YOU can take this National Breastfeeding Month to support breastfeeding families. This webinar will provide key information and resources that individual and organizational advocates can use at this critical time, including:

  • Discussion of the latest developments on breastfeeding-related legislation/policy from Capitol Hill and Washington DC;
  • Talking points and messages that lift up the importance of policies and programs that support breastfeeding;
  • Outreach tools and materials to use during the August recess to educate legislators.

Senate Appropriations Committee Funds Breastfeeding Priorities

On July 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2014 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill that includes $15 million for "Breastfeeding Promotion and Support" activities through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and $5 million for the State Paid Leave Fund, which would be administered by the Department of Labor to help states develop paid leave programs. Thank you to all who have made calls/visits, mobilized members, and signed letters in support of these priorities. Our efforts are paying off! 

Next steps:
The FY 2014 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill still needs to be approved by the full Senate and the House of Representatives. Please stay tuned for future alerts, and join us in taking action during August (see the National Breastfeeding Month webinar above).

Member News

Breastfeeding Documentary, from HCP

A new documentary from Healthy Children Project called "The Lost Secret of the Throne" follows three mothers and their respective daughters as they explore the depiction of breastfeeding in Western popular culture. The exploration begins 6,000 years ago in ancient Egypt with images of Isis, continues through the catacombs of Rome and images of Mary, and on into the museums of the world.

2013 Breastfeeding Summit, from ROSE

Join Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) for their 2013 breastfeeding summit "Organizing for Action: An African American Breastfeeding Campaign" in Atlanta, GA on August 8-9, 2013.

Partner News

Confronting Cultural Barriers to Breastfeeding, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) July 2013 newsletter, ROSE co-founder and new USBC Board member Kimarie Bugg discusses the cultural barriers to breastfeeding in the southern U.S.

Breastfeeding Messaging Webinar, from WKKF

Effective messaging is critical to advancing your organization's goals and affecting change at the community or systems level. Join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Tuesday, July 30 at 12 p.m. ET for a "Let's Talk Breastfeeding" webinar to learn about recent qualitative and quantitative research to inform breastfeeding messaging.

News Clippings

Journal of Human Lactation: "Pharmacists as an Underutilized Resource for Improving Community-Level Support of Breastfeeding"

CNBC.com: "Pumped up profits: Breast-pump venture milks Obamacare rule"

dailyRx.com: "Playing the Odds on Children's Weight Gain"

NPR.org: "How To Make Disease Prevention An Easier Sell"

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