Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 23, 2014

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

Federal News

National Women's Health Week Thunderclap, from OWH

Support National Women's Health Week (May 11-17) by joining a Thunderclap hosted by the Office on Women's Health: a tool that amplifies a message by getting a lot of people to say it together. Those who join the Thunderclap will automatically share the same message at the same time across Facebook and Twitter on Monday, May 12.

PrepareAthon! National Day of Action, from HHS

America's first PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is a new campaign to increase every community's ability to withstand disasters. On April 30, America's PrepareAthon! will focus on learning how to protect yourself and your family, how to help your co-workers, and how to participate in community plans for emergencies such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfires. Read the HHS press release, and visit USBC's webpage on Breastfeeding and Emergencies.

National Minority Health Month Blog Post, from OWH

Office on Women's Health Director Dr. Nancy Lee has published a blog post celebrating National Minority Health Month and the It's Only Natural campaign, which supports African-American women and their families to reach their breastfeeding goals. 

Member News

Earth Day Infographic, from USLCA

In celebration of Earth Day, the United States Lactation Consultant Association published an infographic entitled "Mother Earth's Top Reasons to Breastfeed," showing the many ways breastfeeding reduces waste.

Partner News

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) April 2014 newsletter, Julie Stagg, State Breastfeeding Coordinator and Women's and Perinatal Health Nurse Consultant for the Texas Department of State Health Services, discusses how to grow a breastfeeding initiative from local to statewide.

Racial Equity Resource Guide, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has created an interactive Racial Equity Resource Guide, including practical resources such as articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies, and training curricula aimed at helping organizations and individuals working to achieve racial healing and equity in their communities.

State/Community News

TSA Settlement, from Los Angeles

The United States Transportation Security Administration has settled the highly publicized lawsuit brought by Stacey Armato, a breastfeeding mother who was harassed by TSA officers at the Phoenix airport when she requested her breast milk not be x-rayed. The TSA has agreed to clarify its internal procedures for screening breast milk, update its public website to better guide breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk, and train its screening officers on the new policies. See media coverage from CBS Los Angeles.

News and Views

Vibrant Communities Canada blog: "Belonging Counts!"

Iowa Public Radio: "Breastfeeding U.S.A."

Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Q & A with Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC: An Innovator in Lactation Equity"

IBFAN Campaign blog: "How Nestle's Chairman misled shareholders about its infant nutrition business at the 2014 AGM"

Health Policy Forum (Altarum Institute blog): "Fathers Play a Key Role in Breastfeeding Success"

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