Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 15, 2013

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USBC Updates

Supporting Working Moms Act Introduced!

On Monday, the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013 (SWMA) was introduced in both houses of Congress! SWMA would protect and expand working moms' right to breastfeed by extending the existing federal law to ensure that an additional 11.5 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace. 

A sincere thank you to co-sponsors Senator Jeff Merkley (OR), Senator Tom Harkin (IA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) for championing this important bill! To let them know just how much we appreciate their efforts, we'd like to flood the Twittersphere with messages. Show your support by joining the conversation at hashtag #SWMA13 or simply copy and paste the sample tweets below.

Sample Tweets:

  • Breaking News! The Supporting Working Moms Act has been introduced in the Senate and House: http://ow.ly/l318d
  • Thanks to @SenJeffMerkley, @RepMaloney, @SenatorHarkin, and @SenWarren for leading the charge in support of #SWMA13 and #WorkingMoms
  • Because teachers shouldn't have to choose between #breastfeeding and their students, I support #SWMA13: http://ow.ly/l326K
  • The Supporting Working Moms Act is good for families, business, and the economy. Where do your legislators stand? #SWMA13
  • The Supporting Working Moms Act would make #breastfeeding possible for an additional 11.5 million #WorkingMoms #SWMA13
  • 60% don't reach their own #breastfeeding goal, but laws that guarantee #BFing breaks at work can change it http://ow.ly/l33km #SWMA13

Federal News

National Women's Health Week Resources, from HHS/OWH

Starting with Mother's Day, this week is National Women's Health Week (May 12–18, 2013). This weeklong health observance is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health in an effort to promote the importance of women's health and empower women to make their health a priority. Below are new resources to share:

Women's Health Webcast, from HRSA/MCHB

Join the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau for a webcast on Women's Health in the United States and Implications for the Affordable Care Act, on Friday, May 17 from 2-3 p.m. EST. The purpose of this webinar is to share information on current efforts related to maternal/women's health in the United States and opportunities to improve women's health through the Affordable Care Act.

Partner News

Listening to Mothers III Report, from Childbirth Connection

The Listening to Mothers III report has just been released by Childbirth Connection, revealing that risky procedures are overused, many beneficial practices are underused, and all too often women lack the support and knowledge required to effectively navigate their maternity care. Childbirth Connection’s ongoing Listening to Mothers Initiative is devoted to understanding experiences and perspectives of childbearing women and using this knowledge to improve maternity policy, practice, education, and research. Listening to Mothers surveys enable comparison of actual experiences of childbearing women and newborns with mothers’ preferences, as well as with evidence-based care, optimal outcomes, and protections granted by law. 

Prevention Fund Action Alert, from Prevention Institute

The Prevention and Public Health Fund continues to be a popular target for cuts but a few Members of Congress have taken a stand in support of the Fund. Use the Prevention Institute's easy action tool to thank Senators Tom Harkin and Al Franken, and Representatives Lois Capps and Frank Pallone, for their support.

News Clippings

A new study published in Pediatrics entitled "Effect of Early Limited Formula on Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding in At-Risk Infants: An RCT" has received extensive coverage. Highlights include:

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