The federal budget process is underway and members of Congress are considering how to allocate funds for the coming fiscal year.
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is mobilizing action to maintain and expand investments in infant feeding by urging Congress to direct $20M to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
To demonstrate widespread support for this funding, organizations are invited to sign on to a joint letter urging Congress to prioritize human milk feeding in the federal budget.
To be included in the initial delivery to appropriations committee leaders, organizations must sign on by Friday, April 16. After this deadline, additional signers will be added to the letter on a rolling basis. Please note: this sign-on form is for organizations only.
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed deep fissures in our national capacity to coordinate infant and young child feeding in emergencies, destabilizing already fragile maternity care practices that critically underpin breastfeeding establishment, and deepening known disparities. While the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, chronic disease remains the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. The behavioral drivers of chronic disease—poor nutrition, inactive lifestyle, excessive drinking, and tobacco use—increased during the pandemic, suggesting that COVID-19 will exacerbate negative health status trends for years to come.
Given the importance of human milk feeding in establishing good nutrition, healthy weight, and in reducing the risk of chronic disease, we are asking for a significant increase in the FY22 budget to ensure that the CDC has the resources needed to comprehensively address the dual health crises of COVID-19 and chronic disease. The CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program was funded at $9.5M in FY2021.
The CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) supports states, hospitals, and communities to advance breastfeeding continuity of care and increase access to breastfeeding-friendly environments. These high-value, low-cost public health interventions provide substantial returns on investment. Fully funding this important line item will make it possible for DNPAO to:
- Continue critical breastfeeding monitoring and surveillance activities like the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey, Breastfeeding Report Card, Infant Feeding Practices Study, and annual analysis of the National Immunization Survey (NIS)
- Develop and disseminate resources and address emerging issues in infant feeding
- Invest in quality improvement initiatives to implement maternity care best practices in hospitals
- Fund state and community efforts to increase support for populations with disproportionately low rates of breastfeeding
- Create the state and local infrastructure to integrate infant feeding and lactation support services into the emergency response system
We need as many organizations as possible to demonstrate their support. Please share this announcement widely with your networks!
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U.S. Breastfeeding Committee