Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 4, 2013

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USBC Updates

Action Alert: Tell Congress that Breastfeeding Success Shouldn't Depend on a Mom's Job Type!

Currently, federal law requires employers to provide nursing mothers who are hourly wage-earners ("nonexempt" employees) reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom location to express breast milk for one year after the child's birth. Yet this provision does not cover "exempt" or salaried employees. The Supporting Working Moms Act would ensure a fair and uniform national policy by extending the existing federal provision to cover approximately 12 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers.

Use our easy action tool to e-mail your Congressional Representative and Senators to ask them to co-sponsor the Supporting Working Moms Act! Already sent your messages? Ask your friends, family, and colleagues to take action today by sharing this link: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/swma13-action

National Breastfeeding Month Campaign: Keep On Tweeting!

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month in August, the USBC's "Action Across America" campaign engaged with key Members of Congress around four different topic areas, aligned with current legislative opportunities. Every Congressional target identified was contacted at least once, and already the important links shared have received over 700 clicks. We couldn't have done it without YOU: thank you!

Although National Breastfeeding Month has come to an end, that doesn't mean our advocacy efforts stop here! The customized Twitter tools are still available and relevant: keep tweeting to continue building momentum throughout the fall Congressional session! Never used Twitter before? Watch this quick tutorial to learn how.

Federal News

Breastfeeding Action Guides, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published several Action Guides to complement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. The Action Guides outline what public health professionals, doctors, nurses, health care leaders, communities, and researchers can do to make it possible for mothers to breastfeed their babies. In the words of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, "Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier."

Partner News

Formula Marketing Campaign, from Public Citizen

Please join us in welcoming Eva Seidelman as the new coordinator of Public Citizen's campaign to keep formula marketing out of health care facilities. Check out Eva's National Breastfeeding Month blog post, "Corporate Giants Nestle, Abbott and Mead Johnson Still Undermine Women's Breastfeeding Efforts", and stay tuned for news on their efforts to end formula marketing in the nation's highest-ranked hospitals.

News Clippings

Salon.com: "'Breast is best' is about race too

WebMD.com: "Obamacare a Big Help for Breast-feeding Moms"

Women's eNews: "'Baby-Friendly' Hospitals Bypass Black Communities"

Women's eNews: "New York City Pushes Back against Infant Formula"

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