Support SB 502!

Support SB 502!

2011-09-07T20:04:05+00:00

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Greetings!

SB 502 has made it through the legislature and is now waiting on the desk of Governor Brown! Now we need your help to encourage Governor Brown to SIGN THIS BILL!

LETTERS NEEDED BY SEPTEMBER 9
in support of SB 502 (Pavley – de Leon): Hospital Infant Feeding Act

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SB 502 has made it through the legislature and is now waiting on the desk of Governor Brown! Now we need your help to encourage Governor Brown to SIGN THIS BILL!

LETTERS NEEDED BY SEPTEMBER 9
in support of SB 502 (Pavley – de Leon): Hospital Infant Feeding Act

CWA- sponsored and Task Force-supported legislation, SB 502, authored by Senators Fran Pavley and Kevin deLeon has made it to the desk of Governor Brown, and we need your help telling Governor Brown how important and essential this bill is! Please send in a letter of support to Governor Brown by FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9th.

Please fax or mail your letter to the office of Governor Jerry Brown at (916) 558-3160. Click here for a template letter – it is addressed and ready to go, all you need to do is personalize it! Please remember to fax a copy to CWA (530-758-7780) and the offices of Senators Pavley (916-324-4823) and deLeon (916-319-2145) as well.

What the Bill Does

  • SB 502 would require all maternity hospitals in California to have an infant feeding policy, based on the Baby
  • Friendly Ten Steps, or the Department of Public Health’s Model Policies.
  • The infant feeding policy must be routinely communicated to all relevant staff and new parents, as well as posted in the Perinatal unit, or on the hospital’s website.
  • SB 502 is a modest requirement that would start all California birthing hospitals on the road to better breastfeeding support.

Why the Bill is Needed

  • Early infant feeding practices significantly affect future growth and development in children, and breastfeeding has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of infections and chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and obesity.
  • 90% of California new mothers plan to breastfeed, but only 56% are exclusively breastfeeding upon discharge from the hospital a few days later. Hospital policies which support breastfeeding have been shown to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates.
  • This bill would support parents and providers to learn and use healthy infant feeding practices, thereby improving health and reducing hospital costs statewide.

 

ACT TODAY! Thank you for your help!

Questions?
Donna Hoffman 530-750-2280 or dhoffman@calwic.org
OR Susanna Lutton at susannalutton@breastfeedla.org

adapted from the WIC Flash Action Alert

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