Protect Breast Milk as a Human Right
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Women’s preventative care through the ACA is on the chopping block as we speak. Right now, women are guaranteed to receive screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and a number of other conditions through their insurance under a set of guidelines within the ACA. Additionally, pregnant and new mothers are covered for services such as breastfeeding support and screening for gestational diabetes, anemia, and Rh incompatibility. If these preventative care requirements are eliminated, millions of women and families will lose access to the care and services they need.
Replacement plans may still include preventative care in bits and pieces, but the most vulnerable populations — young mothers and the children they support — will likely be the hardest hit. In particular, the elimination of breastfeeding support, including coverage of lactation consultants and breast pumps, would be devastating. Breastfeeding strengthens immunities and provides long-term benefits including a reduced risk of diabetes, asthma, and childhood obesity. On top of all this, breast milk is free, and saves working families from the burden of paying for formula: a cost which can add up to over $2,000 per year.
Working families are the backbone of our economy, and if we don’t protect the health of our mothers and children, our country will suffer greatly. With all the challenges new parents currently face, this is not the time to create more obstacles. Join us in signing this petition and calling your Senators and Representatives now to inform them of your concern.
Text your zip code to 520-200-2223, and you’ll receive contact information for your state and federal legislative representatives. You can also find your US House Representative here, and your US Senator here.
Read Meghan Bausone's full article about protecting breast milk as a human right here: https://medium.com/@meghanbausone/breast-milk-is-a-human-right-a82b9efd40a#.ilw4s536i
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