Sending Office: Honorable Adam B. Schiff
Sent By:
Anthony.Theissen@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor House Resolution in Support of Infant Nutrition through Improved Breastfeeding Practices

Deadline for Originals: Wednesday 8/28 at 12pm

Dear Colleague,

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month which occurs in August, please join us in introducing a resolution recognizing the importance of breastfeeding and stating the House’s support for promoting education worldwide about the benefits of breastfeeding.

The scientific evidence supporting the use of breastmilk is incontrovertible. An analysis published by
The Lancet in 2016 determined that improved breastfeeding practices would annually save the lives of 820,000 children under five years of age and reduce infection-related mortality in infants under
three months of ages by 88% globally. The American Academy of Pediatrics further recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants for about the first 6 months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation
of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer. The benefits to the parent are also significant, including a positive correlation between breastfeeding and reduced rates of breast cancer in the parent.

In 1990, the United States signed onto the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, as adopted by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, requesting
all governments to nationally coordinate breastfeeding activities, ensure optimal practices in support of breastfeeding through parental services, take action on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk
Substitutes
 and enact legislation to protect breastfeeding among working parents. In 2000, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the HHS Blueprint for
Action on Breastfeeding
declaring breastfeeding to be a key public health issue in the United States.

As you may be aware,
last year
 the Administration opposed a resolution introduced in the World Health Assembly in support of breastfeeding science and proper education. This position is contrary to well-established science and a large body of evidence about the benefits of
breastfeeding education worldwide. While not all parents are able to breastfeed, or may choose not to, it is nonetheless important that education concerning infant nutrition and the benefits of breastmilk be promoted and supported. Breastmilk is a complete
source of nutrition for babies, it is uniquely beneficial to the cognitive development and wellness of infants, and is correlated with fewer infections, increased cognitive performance, reductions in rates of obesity and diabetes in children.

Please join us in reaffirming the United States’ commitment to child and parental health, by supporting the
International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and urging the Administration to promote the health and welfare of children and their parents by supporting international efforts to improve
breastfeeding practices globally.

To become an original cosponsor, receive a copy of the resolution text, or if you have any questions, please contact Anthony Theissen (Schiff) at
anthony.theissen@mail.house.gov or Jessica Mulligan (Jayapal) at
jessica.mulligan@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Adam B. Schiff

Pramila Jayapal

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