Breastfeeding Testimony, continued

The National WIC Association's Kiran Saluja, Deputy Director of Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC, testified about WIC and breastfeeding issues before the House Committee on Education and Labor, chaired by WIC Champion George Miller (D-Concord) on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. The Committee listened to testimony on federal child nutrition programs - WIC, child care food, and school meals - that are up for reauthorization.

Among other points, she noted that an important place to start to help WIC succeed in its breastfeeding support and promotion efforts would be to fix the “breastfeeding-broken hospitals.”

"While I recognize this may be beyond the purview of this Committee, I am compelled to ask you to work collaboratively with your colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee to pass legislation that requires that all hospitals that receive Medicaid funds adhere, at a minimum, to a set of model policies that do not sabotage breastfeeding, and at best initiate steps to become a Baby Friendly Hospital. ... Another important way to help WIC promote and support breastfeeding would be for the Committee, in collaboration with your partners in Congress, to make a determined effort to eliminate or sharply curb the blatant direct marketing of infant formula, which violates the WHO code and targets vulnerable low income women of color."

Her entire testimony can be viewed at:

Breastfeeding advocates are encouraged to write a letter to members of the Committee in support of the points in bold contained in Kiran’s testimony. Keeping breastfeeding prominent in the eyes of Congress will help secure better funding and increase opportunities for advancing breastfeeding as a public health issue.

Members of the Committee

• George Miller, Chairman (CA-07)
Dale E. Kildee (MI-05)
Donald M. Payne (NJ-10)
Robert E. Andrews (NJ-01)
Robert C. Scott (VA-03)
Lynn C. Woolsey (CA-06)
Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04)
John F. Tierney (MA-06)
Dennis J. Kucinich (OH-10)
David Wu (OR-01)
Rush D. Holt (NJ-12)
Susan A. Davis (CA-53)
Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Timothy H. Bishop (NY-01)
Joe Sestak (PA-07)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Jason Altmire (PA-04
Phil Hare (IL-17)
Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Joe Courtney (CT-02)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)
Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
Jared Polis (CO-2)
Paul Tonko (NY-21)
Pedro Pierluisi (PR)
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Dina Titus (NV-3)
Judy Chu (CA-32)

John Kline, Ranking Member (MN-02)
Thomas E. Petri (WI-06)
Howard "Buck" McKeon (CA-25)
Peter Hoekstra (MI-02)
Michael N. Castle (DE-At Large)
Mark E. Souder (IN-03)
Vernon J. Ehlers (MI-03)
Judy Biggert (IL-13)
Todd Russell Platts (PA-19)
Joe Wilson (SC-02)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
Tom Price (GA-06)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2)
Bill Cassidy (LA-6)
Tom McClintock (CA-4)
Duncan D. Hunte (CA-52)
David P. Roe (TN-1)
Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-05)





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