Petition Tag - breastfeeding


Mums know that a baby’s life chances are greatly enhanced when a close and secure bond is secured in the critical early months of their lives. Good early years care is key to securing this bond, helping to nurture a balanced and healthy child.

That’s why in December 2015 politicians from across the political spectrum came together for the first time to acknowledge the importance of the 1001 critical days from when a baby is conceived until age two. The manifesto (The 1001 Critical Days) was launched to improve the quality of care for babies both before and after birth.

Breastfeeding is central to a baby’s life chances and helps in the formation of a close attachment between a baby and its mother. For some however these intimate, special and critical moments can be painful, and frustrating. When a baby struggles to feed the consequences can be severe.

2. Petition to Create a Lactation Room at NTC (Antigo Campus)

Under section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are required to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.

Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express milk.

College students should be allowed this right as well.

3. Change Page Owner Settings

There is a growing number of men who are sharing breastfeeding pictures for sexual purposes on Facebook. We need to change that.

I am asking Facebook to change the setting on a Page Owners account so we will be able to Approve and or Deny shares on the public page from any of our post.

This way we can better protect our images and fans.

4. End poverty of mothers & children. Recognize caregiving work. Support the RISE Act and Reintroduction of the WORK Act.

  • 21.6% of US children live in poverty, more than in any other major industrialized country.
  • Mothers are the primary caregivers everywhere in the world, working to ensure the survival and wellbeing of children, families and communities.
  • Instead of recognition and support, mothers (and others with primary care responsibilities) are deprived of income and resources for this work.
  • Since Welfare Reform (TANF) was introduced in 1996, mothers must do unpaid work to ‘earn’ their benefits (Workfare).
  • Wealthy mothers can choose to raise their children full-time, mothers on Workfare must leave their children, even without childcare, or lose their benefits.
  • Workfare bypasses the minimum wage and drives down all wages, especially women’s, increasing the wage gap between women and men.
  • When mothers’ caregiving work is devalued, the children being cared for are devalued.
  • Only 36% of welfare money now goes to support families; the rest goes to state bureaucracy, and to remove children from their low-income mothers.
  • Breastfeeding among welfare mothers has decreased by 22%, and in Wisconsin, the first to introduce Welfare Reform, infant mortality has increased by 11%, and by 37% in Milwaukee's African American community.

5. Breastfeeding Friendly in the Workplace

The HSE and WHO both recommend breastfeeding to age two and beyond. Yet a working mother is only entitled to breastfeeding breaks until her child is 6 months old. Given that maternity leave is 26 weeks, there is little or no benefit in this to most mothers.

We are calling for the entitlement to breastfeeding breaks to be extended until the child is two years old. Let the policies support the recommendations and protect children in their right to be breastfed.

Current legislation on Breastfeeding and Employment is detailed in the following link:

6. Support Mommy milk on Facebook

I am a breastfeeding mother first and foremost. I am a huge lactivist, I attend support groups, nurse ins, I nurse in public, and recently completed breastfeesing peer counselor training.

Recently I was blocked from Facebook, because of breastfeeding photos. Obviously this isn't the first time it has happened to me, nor the first time it has happened to other nursing mommies. In other situations, Facebook has stated breastfeeding photos "violate" their rights because the ENTIRE breast is exposed. It is IMPOSSIBLE to expose an entire breast while breastfeeding. Facebook talks about "their" rights. What about the rights of breastfeeding mothers? What about the rights of our nursing children? How are our rights not violated?

There are more "offensive" photos on Facebook, yet those "half naked men and women" photos have 15,000 likes. We as breastfeeding mothers and our supporters have not only an obligation to ourselves but to our children.

Breastfeeding is a normal, natural and beautiful thing and its about time Facebook realizes that!

7. Support mums who breastfeed in Eastbourne

I have decided to get the support of the general public to put forward a letter with comments and suggestions to the local MP about the lack of breastfeeding facilities in Eastbourne.

The only one available is between bhs and select and the baby changing/feeding area is disgusting and unclean and is pretty insulting that you have to feed your baby sitting on a bench with people changing nappys right next to you!

8. Midwives to diagnose and treat tongue tie

Tongue tie in an infant is easy to diagnose and easy to treat. It can cause feeding problems, especially with breastfeeding - baby feeds constantly but does not gain weight, the latch is 'correct' but the mother suffers sore and damaged nipples, the baby is unsettled and unhappy most of the time and suffers with hiccups, wind and brings back milk.

This leads to many mothers giving up within the first few days or weeks, unaware there is a problem. Worse, a problem is diagnosed but nothing is done, leaving a mother struggling and unsure what to do for the best. Treatment currently on the NHS can take weeks or months, depending on your PCT.

Midwives can be trained to recognise and treat tongue tie, upon discussion with the mother, in the first few days after birth, giving women the chance to establish breastfeeding successfully.

This could increase breastfeeding rates, and can only have a positive effect on mother's mental health.

9. Berita Harian, please apologize to Human Milk 4 Human Babies - Malaysia

We are seeking your support to encourage the Berita Harian newspaper to apologise for the article “Tawar Susu Ibu di Internet” published on 14th October 2011.

This article, written by Nor Affizar Ibrahim and Nor Afzan Mohamad Yusof, has sadly portrayed the ages-old charitable action of milksharing between families in a negative light. In coming to this assumption, the journalists did not utilise research and resources easily at their disposal which would have shown them the value of human milk to babies’ and children’s development, despite who the milk is derived from.

Further research would have also have highlighted the purely charitable gesture of the donors of human milk – who do not request any funds for their gesture – which is what is claimed by this article.

In particular, we feel that this article has hurt the reputation of the Malaysian chapter of Human Milk 4 Human Babies (HM4HB), a non-profit platform on Facebook which provides a commercial-free online space for families seeking expressed breastmilk from families donating expressed breastmilk.

In addition, there are a number of factual errors in the article which need to be addressed, for the sake of professionalism in their journalism.

If the journalists in question had made an effort to truly research the history and process of milk-sharing, had interviewed donors and recipients of donor milk, and had interviewed the administrators of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Malaysia and read the Frequently Asked Questions provided in the HM4HB Malaysia page, the article would have then demonstrated a truly comprehensive coverage of milk-sharing and milk-sharing in accordance with Islamic principles.

We feel that this article has created unnecessary fear of milk-sharing, has grossly misrepresented the aims of the donors and recipients of expressed breastmilk as well as of HM4HB, and may have contributed to unwarranted discord within Malaysian community.

Please sign this petition and share with others in the community to ensure that babies and children in Malaysian will have free and vital access to human milk and to ensure that breastmilk is understood and maintained as the paramount method of nourishing babies and children in our community.

10. Broaden consultation for Health Canada's Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants recommendations

*Update* February 7, 2011

We did it! Thanks so much to all of you who signed and sent comments. Health Canada has agreed to extend the deadline for online consultation to Aprii 15th, 2011.

It’s SO important now to consider the draft document and to respond.

Please also consider a note of thanks to Minister Leona Aglukkaq and to the department for responding and for expanding the consultation process for this very important document.

Here are some resources that you may find helpful as you prepare your submission:

• INFACT Canada has shared their response publicly
• UNICEF Canada has also released its response. It’s not up on their website but it can be found on PhDinParenting’s blog.

This petition page will now be a repository for other online submissions from individuals and organizations who wish to share. Check back often to see what’s new!

There is also a discussion forum – we encourage you to talk to other stakeholders and individuals about your thoughts, share your draft submissions, ask questions and provide information.

I had a telephone conversation with Health Canada and it is clear they very much want to see written submissions through this online process, including specific suggestions around wording. Please know your participation in this online process is meaningful and valued.

What’s next?

We also asked the minister to expand consultation by offering a series of roundtable discussions across the country, something that was done when revising other guidelines such as Canada’s Food Guide and the National Fitness Guidelines.

As a result of our letter, Janet Pronk, Director
, Policy & Standard Setting, Health Canada, has committed to, at a minimum, posting the revised draft document before it is final so participants can see how their comments were received and how their suggestions were reflected in the document as well as to provide an opportunity for reaction, further comments and questions of clarification.

Health Canada is clear – they view this process as collaborative.

They have asked for a list of stakeholder groups who wish further consultation.

There is a thread in the forums below for stakeholder groups to put forward their names for participation in a further consultation process, or you can email me directly at

You may wish to familiarize yourself with the department’s definitions of public consultation terminology. There is also a list of the types of consultation the department undertakes. The department also provides information on their consultation process.

*UPDATE* February 1, 2011 -- This message was received via Twitter late yesterday afternoon from @TimVail, Director of Communications for the Minister of Health Canada: "We will be extending our Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants consultation past this week - more details in the next few days #breastfeeding"

*UPDATE* Jan 31, 2011 -- we have heard from an unofficial source that the department is going to extend the deadline for online consultation to March 6, 2011. Will post details once this is confirmed.


Health Canada has opened up its draft nutritional guidelines for children from birth to six months in an online consultation.

The period of time for response is very short, Feb 3 is the deadline. There are no cross-country consultations or opportunities for input beyond this online consultation.

We are asking Health Canada to extend the deadline for the online consultation and to implement cross-country consultation meetings as they have done recently for revisions to Canada's Food Guide and Canada's Physical Activity Guideline.

(Note: Please indicate your organization or affiliation when you sign.)

11. No to Infant Formula Ads on Google

Join Connected Childbirth and Mothers of Change in protesting infant formula advertising via Google.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has specifically stated in its International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes that infant formula companies should not advertise or give away formula samples.

Marketing infant formula to consumers is prohibited because breastmilk is the optimal complete food for infants, while infant formula poses many health risks and should only be used under the advice of a health care professional when breastmilk from the mother or a donor is not available. Companies who advertise infant formula care more about making a profit than promoting the health of babies.

Connected Childbirth offers online prenatal classes in realtime, and empowers women to make informed choices.

Mothers of Change is a Canadian consumer advocacy group advancing mother and baby-friendly care.

These two organizations have created this campaign, to harness the power of our voices to stop infant formula advertising on Google. Google depends on its users, and we have strength in numbers. Together we CAN make a difference!

12. Women need a suitable place to pump/breastfeed at Cincinnati State College

Cincinnati state provides a partitioned area in a women's bathroom at the end of a hallway in the bottom floor of the main building for women to pump. This is not sanitary or suitable by any means.

13. Shared Parenting Forgot My Food

The Current shared parenting laws are forced on babies diminishing their right to be breast fed. Some mothers have been told not to breastfeed so that the father can have overnight contact.

According to the breastfeeding association, breastfeeding:

* protects your baby from illness and infection;

* provides the correct food for your growing baby;

* aids the development of your baby's eyesight, speech and intelligence;

* promotes a special loving bond between mother and baby.

14. Eastenders make Heather a proud breastfeeding woman

We are proud of the way the BBC has taken a stand to reflect our society in all its diversity in the past . We feel this is the right time for the BBC to show a large portion of our society that has been ignored for pretty much the entire history of broadcasting.

Women have fed their babies the normal way for ever , yet the british culture has sadly portrayed bottle feeding in every single section of the media and entertainment for so very long that bottle is now veiwed as the norm . It is not. It is in fact recognised as the forth best method of feeding an infant.

We would request that you consider making Heather a breastfeeder ,we dont ask any story changes at all , you dont even need to show her feeding , in fact we would prefer no dramatic storylines as that isn't how breastfeeding happens, its just a natural choice .

You could have Heather say " I'm going to lie down and feed the baby ", just show that she isn't spending hours at the sink washing and making bottles, let her be able to leave the flat in a minutes notice as all she has to do is grab a spare nappy go - in short Please BBC - Make Heather Trott a proud breastfeeding woman

Thank you for your consideration.

15. Create a Breastfeeding Friendly Cornwall Council

The World Health Organisation states that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their life and as part of a mixed diet beyond. The risks of babies not being breastfed are well documented and have a significant impact on the health outcomes of children.

The Infant Feeding Survey identified anxiety of breastfeeding in public as a barrier to breastfeeding.

Cornwall's Local Area Agreement has highlighted improving the duration of breastfeeding as one of the recent stretch targets to help Cornish Children to get the best opportunities in their life.

Cornwall NHS has already successfully achieved Stage 1 of the UNICEF Baby-Friendly UK assessment to help better support women in Cornwall with good information and support from their health professionals.

Real Baby Milk CIC originated in Cornwall to promote and suport breastfeeding in Cornwall and continues to do so with a network of over 125 volunteer mums suporting other mums.

16. Stop Discrimination against Breastfeeding Mothers

Recently, I attended a film screening at ACMI with my 6 week old daughter. After being shown to our seats in the cinema I was asked to leave because the film to be screened was unclassified and thus restricted to 18+ audience.

I was told it was against the law to have my daughter in the cinema and that they would not screen the film until we had left. I believe this discriminates against nursing mothers and an exemption from the age restrictions should be made.

Nursing mothers should have the right to view any film in any cinema at their own discretion.

17. Westfield Malls - Please Support Breastfeeding Babies!

July 26, 2006

Fox 8 Morning News (Cleveland) aired a story on July 21, 2006 in which a local nursing mother (who wishes to remain anonymous) was refused permission to nurse her baby before paying for her purchases at the Aeropostale store in Great Northern Mall (which is owned by Westfield).

The mall representative who spoke to the reporter indicated that this kind of situation is why they put in the Family Room.

Westfield Corp. owns four area malls in addition to the malls they own in twelve other states and three other countries (the UK, Australia and New Zealand).

Some of those areas have much stronger protections for families who breastfeed in public than Ohio does, especially New York State (where Westfield owns two malls) - there the right to breastfeed is written into the Civil Rights section of the state laws, with specific penalties if violated.