World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, 2021

Published in Member Communities on August 04, 2021

Breastfeeding COVID-19August 1 – 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. Breastfeeding has many benefits for infants, mothers, and children.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants are exclusively breastfed for the first six months while introducing complementary foods for at least one year.

Protecting breastfeeding means protecting the time working women need to give birth, recover, and breastfeed their children. Moms also require job security and assurances that their jobs are not jeopardized due to pregnancy or maternity leave. States, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are beginning to implement laws that help solidify

Being a new mom is hard, but being a new mom during the COVID-19 pandemic raises new questions. Is it safe to breastfeed? What if I have COVID or have been exposed to COVID? Should I breastfeed then? According to the CDC and WHO, mothers are still encouraged to remain together with their infants, practice skin-to-skin contact and/or kangaroo care whether or not they or their infants have been suspected, probable, or confirmed COVID-19 virus infection. Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they choose to do so.

Several states have passed or introduced legislation to help protect breastfeeding, including:

  • PA HB 1739, An Act providing for workplace accommodations for nursing mothers
  • WI AB 476, An act to require an employer to provide reasonable break time and accommodation for an employee who is breast-feeding
  • KY BR 257, An act relating to Medicaid coverage for lactation support services and breastfeeding equipment

H.R. 3110, PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, has been introduced on the federal level in the House of Representatives and currently has 8 co-sponsors as of August 4, 2021. 

VGM and Essentially Women are proud to partner with Ardo and Motif, who both offer breast pumps, breastfeeding accessories and more. For more information on each of these vendor partners, visit the vendor pages on the VGM member portal or the myEW member portal.

For more information on breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week, visit https://www.paho.org/en/campaigns/world-breastfeeding-week-campaign-2021#materials.

Resources:
World Breastfeeding Week Campaign 2021. (2021). Retrieved from: https://www.paho.org/en/campaigns/world-breastfeeding-week-campaign-2021
Breastfeeding Report Card United States, 2020.  (2020). Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2020-Breastfeeding-Report-Card-H.pdf

From Our Experts

The Latest in Billing & Reimbursement from Ronda Buhrmester: December 2022 thumbnail The Latest in Billing & Reimbursement from Ronda Buhrmester: December 2022 Read about these billing & reimbursement-specific updates regarding the enrollment contractor, CMNs and DIFs being eliminated, the new oxygen LCD, updated language to continued medical need, sleep studies related to supply chain and recall issues, and updating patient demographics and insurance. Optimize Your Sales Management Team to Drive Growth in Times of Change thumbnail Optimize Your Sales Management Team to Drive Growth in Times of Change As you continue to look toward 2023, consider developing a plan to optimize your sales management team. By taking an honest look at your team and process, you start to see the growth opportunities that exist, even in times of change. Optimize Your Sales Management Team to Drive Growth in Times of Change thumbnail Optimize Your Sales Management Team to Drive Growth in Times of Change As you continue to look toward 2023, consider developing a plan to optimize your sales management team. By taking an honest look at your team and process, you start to see the growth opportunities that exist, even in times of change. Optimize Your Sales Management Team to Drive Growth in Times of Change thumbnail Optimize Your Sales Management Team to Drive Growth in Times of Change As you continue to look toward 2023, consider developing a plan to optimize your sales management team. By taking an honest look at your team and process, you start to see the growth opportunities that exist, even in times of change. Important Updates on the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetic Patient-Centered Care Act thumbnail Important Updates on the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetic Patient-Centered Care Act Eve Lee, Executive Director of AOPA, recently released an important update about the O&P Patient-Centered Care Act. HME Woman of the Year Finalists Announced thumbnail HME Woman of the Year Finalists Announced The finalists for the 2022 HME Woman of the Year have been selected. The winner will be announced during a special virtual ceremony on Dec. 15, 2022. Put a Ring on it: Rules of Employee Engagement thumbnail Put a Ring on it: Rules of Employee Engagement If you are a leader, it is likely that you have become aware of the term “quiet quitting,” but leaders have been dealing with the root cause for as long as there have been teams to lead. The real problem is disengagement. As a leader, how do you help employees re-engage? Put a Ring on it: Rules of Employee Engagement thumbnail Put a Ring on it: Rules of Employee Engagement If you are a leader, it is likely that you have become aware of the term “quiet quitting,” but leaders have been dealing with the root cause for as long as there have been teams to lead. The real problem is disengagement. As a leader, how do you help employees re-engage?