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File #: 190581    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/13/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/13/2019
Title: Recognizing August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week and the entire month of August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the City of Philadelphia
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19058100
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Recognizing August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week and the entire month of August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the City of Philadelphia
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WHEREAS, Breastmilk is the best food with which to nourish babies in their first six months, and mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding at least until their child reaches one year of age; and

WHEREAS, This vital activity protects both mother and child from disease. Breastfed infants have lower risks of asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, and gastrointestinal infections. Breastfeeding mothers, meanwhile, have lower risks of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer; and

WHEREAS, Despite its clear health benefits, breastfeeding is not practiced at a high rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 1 in 4 infants are exclusively breastfed for their first 6 months, with black infants 21% less likely to have ever been breastfed than white infants. These low rates of breastfeeding add upwards of $3 billion in medical costs for mothers and children; and

WHEREAS, Many mothers stop breastfeeding early, or sooner than planned, due to lack of support. The CDC cites "hospital practices, education and encouragement, policies or supports in the workplace, and access to community supports" as factors that can help determine successful breastfeeding practices; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia has long led efforts to support and encourage breastfeeding mothers. Since 1997, it has protected the rights of women to breastfeed outside their homes. City employees have benefited from a Worksite Lactation Support Policy since 2011. Additionally, this Council adopted Bill No. 130922, which made it unlawful for any employer to fire or harass a woman for expressing breast milk during the work day and required employers to provide reasonable accommodation for a woman to express breast...

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