Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 8, 2013

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USBC Updates

Honor a Special Mom in Your Life and Double Your Impact!

Everyone knows that moms make it all happen! Moms are so deserving of extra celebration that USBC leader Robert Locke and his wife, Sarah, have pledged $5,000 to match all individual donations to the USBC from now through this Mother's Day, May 12. That means that any contribution you make will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact! Support our work to ensure that all moms are empowered and supported to reach their personal breastfeeding goals...honor a special mom in your life by donating on her behalf: www.usbreastfeeding.org/donate

Partner News

Statement on Infant/Young Child Feeding and Chemical Residues, from IBFAN

The presence of toxic substances and chemical residues in food can have harmful effects on children's health. The International Baby Food Action Network's Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Chemical Residues provides objective and independent information on the risks and dangers of environmental pollution, based on up-to-date evidence of peer-reviewed scientific research.

Statement on Maternity Protection, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has released a Statement on Maternity Protection for International Labour Day, May 1, 2013. The statement reiterates WABA's stand that all countries should improve their legislation on maternity protection and ratify the most recent International Labour Organization (ILO) convention on maternity protection for working women as a step towards addressing the problems that working mothers all over the world have to face during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

State of the World's Mothers Report, from Save the Children

In commemoration of Mother's Day, Save the Children has published its 14th annual State of the World's Mothers report. Every year, nearly 3 million babies die within the first month of life, most from preventable causes. The report reveals that the United States has the highest first-day infant death rate of all the industrialized countries in the world. It examines the need to strengthen health systems, train and equip more health workers, and make proven, underused solutions available to every mother and newborn who needs them. The report also highlights "kangaroo mother care" as a simple lifesaving practice to keep babies warm, encourage breastfeeding, and protect against infection.

Lactation Design Webinar, from IPCD

The Mom Friendly Network, an initiative of the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc., will repeat its free webinar on May 15 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, entitled "Lactation Design: Facility Solutions for Supporting Breastfeeding in the Hospital, the Community and the Workplace." The presentation will provide a step-by-step review of solutions to accommodate breastfeeding mothers through facility design.

State/Community News

Safe Sleep Guidance, from California

The Maternal, Child and Adolescence Health Division of the California Department of Public Health has posted guidance for addressing 2011 AAP recommendations that recommend room-sharing without bed-sharing. Some research shows additional benefits for babies who bed-share, including: improved breastfeeding duration rates, improved settling with reduced crying, more infant arousals, and improved maternal sleep. The guidance recommends educating all parents on safe sleep environments, offering bed-sharing guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.

News Clippings

Motherlode (NYTimes.com parenting blog): "Similac's Dubious 'No Judgment' Marketing"

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