WV law will soon protect public breastfeeding.  After 9 years of public education and advocacy, the Child’s Right to Nurse bill goes to the Governor for signature.


   Current bill status of HB4335/Child’s Right to Nurse:
Completed Legislation awaiting Governor's signature

ARTICLE 1. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM.

§16-1-19. Child’s right to nurse; location where permitted;

right protected....

(a) The Legislature finds that breast feeding is an important, basic act of nurturing that is protected in the interests of maternal and child health.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, a mother may breast feed a child in any location, open to the public.
(This bill passed with just 2 nay votes in the House and 1 nay vote in the Senate)

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Breastfeeding Benefits Under the ACA

A new benefits page on HealthCare.gov
explains how the Affordable Care Act
impacts breastfeeding families

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2013 Breastfeeding Report Card
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Issue Brief: Analysis of Obesity Rates by State
Analysis Ranks States, finds 12 top exceed 30 percent for obesity.

See where WV ranks

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A New Resource for Breastfeeding Moms
The
NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE
from the Office on Women's Health:
1-800-994-9662
M-F 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 



Why Breastfeeding is Important

Human milk is best for human babies. Research has proven it time and time again. When mothers follow nature’s lead and breastfeed their babies, everyone benefits.

Breastmilk has all the right nutrients, in just the right amounts, at just the right time. Throughout the breastfeeding relationship, just like during pregnancy, mom’s body knows what her baby needs.

Breastmilk is always fresh and ready. No mixing, measuring or sterilizing required. Breastfeeding saves time, money and resources. It’s free and leaves no waste from wrappers, cans and packaging. Nighttime feeding and travelling is easier.

Breastfeeding helps baby’s brain flourish, which may enhance the ability to learn. Some studies suggest breastfeeding may result in higher cognitive development.

Breastmilk is easy on baby’s delicate tummy, causing less stomachaches, diarrhea and constipation. Breastfeeding can help to protect children against SIDS, ear infections, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, asthma, allergies and diabetes, as well as many other diseases, including obesity.

Since breastfeeding helps to build a strong immune system, babies get sick less often, so moms and dads might miss less work, too.

Breastfeeding is great for mom’s health, also. It helps her womb shrink back into shape and encourages her body to heal. It even helps her to burn calories and lose weight. Breastfeeding protects mothers against osteoporosis, breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and can reduce postpartum anxiety and depression.

Breastfeeding is soothing for both mother and baby – building a close, trusting relationship. It is truly the start of something special.


 

 

 

 

 

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