Monday, December 04, 2006

Welcome Speak Pelosi's New Grandbaby and Urge Her to Support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act!

The group that helped organize the airport nurse-ins nationwide now has a plan to help Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi become very aware that the Breastfeeding Promotion Act is important to American women and that we desire and expect her support of it in January. Rep. Carolyn Maloney is going to reintroducing the Act this coming session. This will be the BPA's third introduction and if we all get behind it and make our voices heard, perhaps the third time will be the charm!

Here's what you can do to help:
  • Purchase or make a "Congratulations on the New Grandbaby" card. The Speaker and the press have made much of the fact that she is a grandmother and that she was awaiting grandbaby #6 right around Election Day. Paul Michael Vos, son of Alexandra Pelosi and Michiel Vos was born in New York on November 13th.
  • Write in the card that breastfeeding is a basic human right of all babies and that their mothers need public policies that support the decision to start and continue breastfeeding. Ask her to throw the full weight of her position behind getting the Breastfeeding Promotion Act passed this coming session.
  • Have your friends, family, and fellow breastfeeding advocates sign your card before you mail it to Speaker Pelosi. If you can, buy several cards, collect signatures from supportive friends, and mail them out with your own. (I'm going to bring one for people to sign every time I get together with friends and family this month.)
  • And lastly, forward this to every mother, friend, listserv, breastfeeding support group and parenting site you know so that others can also send a card. The idea is to get hundreds if not thousands of signatures/cards sent to Nancy Pelosi's office right now so that, by the time the Breastfeeding Promotion Act is reintroduced in January, she and her staff will have it on their radar.
Mail cards to:

Representative Nancy Pelosi
2371 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Once the Act has been reintroduced I will post information for how to contact your district representatives to encourage them to co-sponsor and vote for the Breastfeeding Promotion Act.