In case it’s not marked on your calendar, August is National Breastfeeding Month. This year, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is inviting one and all to join a variety of online actions and conversations “to raise awareness and advocate for the policy and practice changes breastfeeding families need.”
Each week, the focus will shift to address a specific practice or policy. The goal is to “inspire education and action to support breastfeeding families from the grassroots to the treetops!”
• Each Wednesday of the month, join the USBC and other partners for the MomsRising #WellnessWed Twitter chat on the week’s theme, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.
• August 1–7: Breastfeeding at Work: Let’s Make it Work! (to include action/education on federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law and Supporting Working Moms Act)
• August 7–10: Innocenti Declaration: 25 Year Anniversary
• August 11–17: Breastfeeding in Health Care Coverage: Mind the Gaps! (to include action/education on the state of breastfeeding coverage in private plans, Medicaid, and TRICARE)
• August 18–24: Breastfeeding in the Community: Wherever Moms Are! (to include action/education on Friendly Airports for Mothers Act and support in public spaces such as faith communities and sports stadiums)
• August 25–31: Black Breastfeeding Week: Lift Every Baby
To learn more about these events and how to participate, go to the USBC website.