We just found out that today is the last day to submit comments on how the Childhood Obesity Task Force should write its action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity in this country. The Childhood Obesity Task Force is part of the Let’s Move! campaign which will be headed up by Michelle Obama. Breastfeeding needs to be part of this plan, even the New York Times agrees; pointing out that interventions aimed at school age children are “too little, too late”!!
Dear Childhood Obesity Task Force:
I am urging you to include the Best for Babes Foundation in the Let’s Move Campaign because Best for Babes is the only mainstream non-profit that is using positive messages and tools to break down the barriers–the “Booby Traps”–that keep moms from making and carrying out healthy feeding choices. Best for Babes cheers on, coaches and celebrates ALL moms, whether they breastfeed or not, without pressure, judgment and guilt, and believes that the 86% of expecting mothers who WANT to breastfeed deserve to achieve their personal feeding goals, whether that is to breastfeed for 2 days, 2 months or 2 years. They have developed an innovative, social entrepreneurship strategy to inspire, prepare and empower moms, change the public perception of breastfeeding, and put positive pressure on the “booby traps”–the many barriers that keep moms from succeeding and giving themselves and their babies the healthiest start in life. Low breastfeeding rates costs $13 billion annually in pediatric illnesses alone, and billions more in maternal illness and negative environmental and economic outcomes. Best for Babes is harnessing the power of celebrities, the clout of corporations, foundations, the medical community, fashion, advertising and the media to change the way our culture views and supports moms and babies! Thank you for your consideration.
Please post this to your Facebook page, your Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter (follow us: twitter.com/bestforbabes), send an email to your contacts, anything you can do to help us spread the word WILL make a difference!
Let’s show the government that the voices of millions of mothers who wanted to breastfeed and who were booby-trapped COUNT . . . and let them hear from the voices of their friends, family members, partners and colleagues who watched mothers and babies suffer unnecessarily, believe in the Best for Babes Credo, and feel as we do that ALL mothers want the best for their babies, and deserve respect, support, information or tools whether they breastfeed, pump breastmilk, feed donated human milk or feed an accepted substitute. An empowered mom . . . a loved mom . . . is a better mom!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us help moms and babies.
Bettina & Danielle
Co-Founders, The Best for Babes Foundation