a breastfeeding victory in WV

Some friends of mine did a lot of work to make this happen. I sent a few emails:/ But we have a (watered down) version of the bill being signed Monday.

From the WV Breastfeeding Yahoo group:

Just got word from Governor Manchin’s office that he will be signing SB 148, the breastfeeding-related bill, this coming Monday, April 2 at 10:30 AM in the Governor’s Reception Room in the main Capitol building.

>Date: 2007/03/19 Mon AM 08:53:50 CDT
>Subject: Fw: WV Legislature Addresses

Perinatal Issues
Dear Perinatal Partnerhip – 2007 – Partners: The WV State legislators are listening to YOU. Two of the ten Policy Initiatives identified by YOU during our 2006 WV Perinatal Wellness Study were addressed during the 2007 legislative session. Please thank your legislators.

1. a. Policy Initiative: To Support and Promote Breastfeeding. SB 148 was adopted and the bill ensures that breastfeeding is not considered indecent exposure. The bill was passed by both houses, was corrected after the end of the regular session due to a technical problem, and passed again on Sunday March 18th. The Governor is expected to sign the bill soon.

1. b. FUNDING For Lactation Training! To support and promote breastfeeding in WV, the State legislature awarded $20,000 for a week long training program for hospital nurses (and other professionals) on lactation education. The funds were designated in the Women, Infants and Childrens (WIC) budget. Thanks to Cinny Kittle and the Perinatal Partnership – 2007 Committee to Support and Promote Breastfeeding for helping to educate legislators about the need for training!

2. Expanding tests for newborn infants, HB 2583, passed. Currently, West Virginia only screens newborn babies for 4 diseases. HB 2583 expands newborn screening to all twenty-nine screenings recommended by the March of Dimes and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The tests will be phased in over a two-year period. It was passed on the final day of the session.

Many of my friends are going to show support; I can’t get away from work after missing so much this week, but I’m throwing my WooHoo out into the blogosphere.

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