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August 1, 2011- The Joint Commission launched its”Speak Up: What you need to know about breastfeeding” campaign to support and prepare mothers for successful breastfeeding. The new brochure and materials cover preparation befor baby arrives, at hospital, and after mom and baby return home. For other patient education materials, click here.
July 2011- Milk for Thought! To celebrate all of the recent progress and momentum in the breastfeeding community, Milk for Thought is hitting the road (in a giant pink bus) to showcase what Americans are doing across the country to support and empower breastfeeding moms. They will be traveling with a three-person film crew to capture personal stories and stories of organizations taking action, and to promote the 20 actions of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. (Excerpt taken from USBC e-Newsletter June-July 2011)
July 19, 2011-IOM Releases Recommendations for Women’s Prevention Services New release and story by AMCHP
July/August 2011-The Big Latch On! (Excerpt from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Monday Morning Memo) At 10:30 am on Saturday, August 6th nursing mothers around the US will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and to attempt to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously. At each registered location, witnesses will count all mothers that have latched their babies on for one minute at that time. The Big Latch On was started in 2005, with steady growth in the numbers of mothers nursing and with an increase in the support for breastfeeding in public. To learn more about Big Latch On events in your community, go to http://lllusa.org/wbw/BigLatchOn.php. To register a Big Latch On event, go to http://www.lllusa.org/wbw/WBWCforms/Reg.php.
July 2011- Excerpt from Hale Publishing July 2011 Newsletter: June 15, 2011 – ThirdAge.com reports that a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville found that exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 73%. Researchers performed a meta-analysis of 18 studies examining the relationship between breastfeeding and SIDS. They found a 60% reduction in risk for infants who received any amount of breastmilk for any time period and a 73% risk reduction in exclusively breastfed infants.
January 20, 2011- Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding in the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University
September 13, 2010-Many moms start breastfeeding but drop off — CNN.com
April 5, 2010-Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars — CNN.com
February 2011-Michelle Obama urges women to breastfeed — telegraph.co.uk
March 8, 2011-Want to reduce risk of obesity in your child? Breastfeed for six months — latimes.com
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