Action needed to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding
July 10, 2018
Recent opposition by the United States to a breastfeeding resolution that calls on governments to “protect, promote, and support breastfeeding” at the World Health Assembly is a step backwards for public health and places infant and maternal lives at imminent risk.
Breastfeeding is not a lifestyle choice: it is a public health imperative. Breastfeeding is especially important in populations with compromised water sources, high infant mortality rates, and other risk factors. Recent estimates show that over 800,000 child lives and 20,000 maternal lives worldwide could be saved each year if every child were exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Predatory marketing practices by companies that sell breast milk substitutes specifically target impoverished communities and further undermine breastfeeding outcomes. Marginalized and underrepresented populations need equitable systemic support and increased commitment to further promote, protect, and support breastfeeding.
Education is key to support public health over corporate interests. USLCA is providing contact information and resources to contact officials within the US Government. MIBFN urges you to make your voice count and speak out in support of the recent WHO Resolution.
View and share MIBFN’s social media post on protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding here.
Family Separation at the Border
June 19, 2018
MIBFN stands against the forced separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Executive Order ending this policy is only the beginning – it is imperative that separated families be reunited immediately. The WHO recommends breastfeeding for at least the first two years of life, which becomes physically impossible when mothers and children are forcibly torn apart. The impact of this practice causes permanent emotional, psychological, and physical damage to the families affected.
Please contact your federal legislators to insist that reuniting separated families take urgent priority.
View and share MIBFN’s social media post against family separation at the border here.