Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 21, 2013

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USBC Updates

Join the "Action Across America" Campaign

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, the USBC's "Action Across America" social media advocacy campaign is engaging key Members of Congress to ensure that every mom is empowered and supported to reach her personal breastfeeding goals. Across the country individual advocates, breastfeeding coalitions, and allied organizations are calling on policymakers to support breastfeeding in ways that will create the strategic policy and systems changes needed to overcome the barriers to breastfeeding success. Each week of August the campaign will address a different topic area, aligned with current legislative opportunities. This week's focus is on building support for continued funding of the CDC's breastfeeding programs: take action now!

The USBC, MomsRising, National Partnership for Women & Families, and National WIC Association hosted the "Action for the Summer Recess" webinar on August 8. Access the recording, slides, and toolkit materials to find everything you'll need to prepare for a visit with your legislator.

Federal News

Breastfeeding and Early Care and Education Feature, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a feature article on breastfeeding and early care and education (ECE) for World Breastfeeding Week. ECE providers and teachers influence the lives and health of the families they serve and have an important role in supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies. As of December 2011, only six states (Arizona, California, Delaware, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Vermont) have licensing regulations that meet the national recommendations for encouraging and supporting breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Spotlight, from NIH/NICHD

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) published a spotlight on breastfeeding, celebrating National Breastfeeding Month and highlighting its research work on breastfeeding. The NICHD's research activities related to breastfeeding assist efforts to encourage breastfeeding by providing scientific evidence about the benefits, challenges, and other issues related to breastfeeding and breast milk. These activities address many facets of breastfeeding, including factors that predict breastfeeding, how breastfeeding contributes to better health outcomes, and concerns related to breastfeeding by mothers infected with HIV.

Member News

Fitness Challenge, from Best for Babes and Breastfeeding USA

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, the Best for Babes Foundation and Breastfeeding USA are launching "Team We've Got Your Back, Babe!"(WGYBB), the first nationwide fitness challenge to get America behind breastfeeding. Choose any fitness goal you like (swim, bike, run, walk, golf, yoga, etc.) and register by August 31 to join participants from across America. Goals must be met on or before October 31, 2013.

Partner News

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) August 2013 newsletter, hospital staff discuss the removal of pacifiers and artificial teats as part of efforts to increase breastfeeding rates. 

News Clippings

TIME.com: "Understanding How Breastfeeding Affects Obesity"

Firstpost.com: "Australian cricketer scores a century in-between breastfeeding sessions"

Sunday World: "Breast milk saves 'miracle baby'"

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