Advocacy

Business Case for Breastfeeding

We were able to send a representative to the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition’s Business Case for Breastfeeding Train the Trainers Session in Daytona Beach in December. We brought back information to provide training sessions in our area for others to help provide resources for employers who wish to enhance their employee services. Providing adequate support to employees so they maintain breastfeeding leads to many benefits for the employers as well. It is truly a win-win proposition.
If you want to attend the training sessions we will be holding in the Panhandle in 2010, feel free to contact us and let us know of your interest.
Training Sessions Dates and Locations:
Pensacola February 20th 8a.m. to 5p.m. at BH Heritage Room Downloadable flyer
Fort Walton Beach Date and Location not determined yet
Panama City Date and Location not determined yet
Pensacola Date and Location not determined yet

Breastfeeding Friendly Employers

One aspect of the alliance that we want to emphasize is to provide recognition to breastfeeding friendly employers. We will recognize those employers who meet the recommended criteria for supporting breastfeeding by posting their names on the website, as well as additional means of commendation.

Legislative Actions

Important US Legislation for Support of Breastfeeding Needing Immediate Attention and ACTION. Click this link to go to the USBC website and send a letter to your representative.

Other Advocacy Opportunities:

Breastfeeding mothers being asked to stop breastfeeding…

by citizens and even law enforcement who are unaware of the Rights of the Breastfeeding Mother in the State of Florida. The Coalition encourages all breastfeeding advocates to help educate about the law by referring to the Coalition web page, posting the breastfeeding law in your institution or place of business and provide handouts or cards with the breastfeeding law to breastfeeding mothers.

Healthy People 2020 update:

Website now open for comments. The Healthy People 2020 objectives for the next 10 years represent a means to meet a broad range of health needs which tend to be the ones that receive state, federal, and foundation funding to accomplish. The objectives hope to provide benchmarks to track and monitor progress over time in order to help motivate, guide and focus health care activities. Each person who presented oral testimony had 3 minutes. The 567 draft objectives have been put forth for public comment during Phase II of the development process. The HP2020 website is now open for comments on the draft objectives and it is very important that all USLCA members consider providing input into the direction that breastfeeding will take. The comment period closes December 31, 2009. This represents an upstream effort to improve health care quality and have our voice heard at the highest levels. To express your opinion, provide input, and learn more, click HERE.
The breastfeeding objectives are:
Retained Healthy People 2010 objective 16-19:
MICH HP2020–12: Increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their babies. Data Source: National Immunization Survey (NIS), CDC.
New to Healthy People 2020:
MICH HP2020–26: Increase the percentage of employers who have worksite lactation programs. Data Source: Benefits Survey, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
MICH HP2020–27: Decrease the percentage of breast-fed newborns who receive formula supplementation within the first 2 days of life.Data Source: National Immunization Survey (NIS), CDC.
MICH HP2020–28: Increase the percentage of live births that occur in facilities that provide recommended care for lactating mothers and their babies. Data Source: Breastfeeding Report Card, CDC.

FBC needs Breastfeeding Working Mother Testimonies

Twenty-four states have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace, FLORIDA DOES NOT! This is a huge barrier to mothers continuing to breastfeeding when they return to work. The AAP recommends all babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continue for at least one year. The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition is actively collecting testimonies of breastfeeding working mothers’ challenges in the workplace. These testimonies will be used to help persuade working Florida lawmakers of the necessity of a workplace breastfeeding law. The Coalition is particularly interested in testimonies of mothers who have met with barriers, hardships or discrimination, which resulted in not being able to pump in the workplace to provide milk for their baby or the loss of their job. As well the Coalition would like to hear about success in the workplace if an employer has demonstrated exceptional support of breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. Please e-mail testimonies with contact information to office@flbreastfeeding.org