This month, help promote breastfeeding

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.

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