Sign the breastfeeding petition!
- This is a petition from the US Breastfeeding Committee urging
breastfeeding advocates to sign the petition being sent to
President-elect Obama regarding our request to place breastfeeding in a
position of priority as he develops his health care policies. Please
consider signing the petition at the website listed below.
Marsha Walekr, RN, IBCLC
We hope you will take a moment to help put breastfeeding on the agenda
of the new administration: to ask President-Elect Obama to place a high
priority on breastfeeding as an essential public health issue. There is
virtually universal agreement among health care experts that, with rare
exceptions, breastfeeding is the optimal method of feeding all infants,
sick as well as healthy, preterm as well as full term. In addition to
the myriad health benefits provided to mother and infant, breastfeeding
provides significant economic and environmental benefits for families,
employers, and society by reducing health care expenses, eliminating
the need to purchase expensive formula, and reducing absenteeism from
work to care for sick infants. Learn more about the benefits of
The United States Breastfeeding Committee has created a petition to the
President-Elect, urging him to take several actions to protect,
promote, and support breastfeeding.
**SIGN THE PETITION TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA**
In the coming months, our leaders will be focused on our economic and
financial future. This time of crisis also presents an opportunity to
remind them that working mothers are an essential part of our nation's
economic security, just as the health of our children is a critical
part of our future. A full three-quarters of mothers are now in the
labor force. As government and employers cut back in response to the
recession, many more families are struggling to cover the rising costs
of health care, groceries, and other necessities. We need your support
to ensure that in these troubled economic times, all women and families
can access the resources and support they need to do what's best for
Demonstrate your support for breastfeeding by signing the petition now.
And please don't forget to forward this message far and wide so as many
people as possible get a chance to sign on too. Every signature counts.
Sign on here: www.usbreastfeeding.org/obamapetition