20 Actions in 20 Days: National Leadership

20 Actions in 20 Days

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has called on the entire nation to take 20 concrete action steps from the January 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding to support the removal of barriers to breastfeeding. The United States Breastfeeding Committee is hosting a “20 Actions in 20 Days” campaign to highlight these action steps and implementation strategies.

Action 20: Improve national leadership on the promotion and support of breastfeeding.

Implementation strategies outlined in the Call to Action include creating a federal interagency work group on breastfeeding and increase the capacity of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and affiliated state coalitions to support breastfeeding.

The USBC has a five-year plan that guides their implemention. Read about some of their activities and accomplishments here. All 50 states have breastfeeding coalitions, formed through the technical assistance of the USBC.

The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition has been a resource for maternal and child health programs, hospitals and physicians across the state. They have launched a hospital initiative encouraging Baby Friendly status and award workplaces for committment to supporting breastfeeding moms.