Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 - Introduced SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6 BY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES (SUCCESSOR TO SCR 2) A Concurrent Resolution recognizing the work of the 1 Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa. 2 WHEREAS, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 3 recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for 4 approximately the first six months following birth and 5 that infants should continue to be breastfed, along 6 with the introduction of appropriate complementary 7 foods, for one year or longer; and 8 WHEREAS, according to the AAP, human milk feeding 9 decreases the incidence or severity of a wide range of 10 infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, 11 diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, and urinary 12 tract infections, and results in a lower incidence 13 of the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, Type 14 1 and Type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity, and 15 asthma; and 16 WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease 17 Control and Prevention of the United States Department 18 of Health and Human Services (CDC) 2010 Breastfeeding 19 Report Card, approximately 75 percent of mothers in the 20 United States start out breastfeeding, but at the end 21 of six months the rates fall to 43 percent, and among 22 African-American mothers the rates are significantly 23 lower as only 58 percent of African-American mothers 24 start out breastfeeding and only 28 percent are 25 breastfeeding at six months; and 26 WHEREAS, according to the CDC, in the United States 27 -1- LSB 2003SV (2) 88 pf/rh 1/ 4
S.C.R. 6 infants in rural areas are less likely to ever be 1 breastfed than infants living in urban areas; and 2 WHEREAS, according to the CDC, infants eligible 3 for and receiving the Special Supplemental Nutrition 4 Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are less 5 likely to ever be breastfed than infants eligible but 6 not receiving WIC and infants ineligible for WIC; and 7 WHEREAS, according to the CDC, younger mothers 20 to 8 29 years of age are less likely to ever breastfeed than 9 mothers 30 years of age or older; and 10 WHEREAS, while breastfeeding has many benefits, 11 some women struggle, with 60 percent of mothers unable 12 to breastfeed for as long as they intend to due to 13 factors including issues with lactation and latching, 14 concerns about infant nutrition and weight, mother’s 15 concerns about taking medications while breastfeeding, 16 unsupportive work policies and lack of parental leave, 17 cultural norms or lack of family support, and hospital 18 practices and policies; and 19 WHEREAS, for those women who are faced with 20 obstacles to breastfeeding or providing breast milk 21 to their infants, it is important to provide an 22 encouraging environment and options; and 23 WHEREAS, one option for caregivers facing obstacles 24 to providing breast milk to infants is through a milk 25 bank; and 26 WHEREAS, the Human Milk Banking Association of 27 North America, which accredits nonprofit milk banks in 28 the United States and Canada, has 27 members, ensures 29 that the process of helping mothers donate their extra 30 -2- LSB 2003SV (2) 88 pf/rh 2/ 4
S.C.R. 6 breast milk is evidence-based and clinically sound, and 1 advocates for donor milk as a universal standard of 2 care, regardless of ability to pay; and 3 WHEREAS, the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa operates 4 in accordance with the Human Milk Banking Association 5 of North America guidelines for the establishment and 6 operation of a donor human milk bank; and 7 WHEREAS, the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa was launched 8 in August 2002 during World Breastfeeding Week, 9 co-founded by Jean Drulis and Ekhard Ziegler, M.D., 10 with funds generated from grants, foundations, and 11 gifts; and 12 WHEREAS, the mission of the Mother’s Milk Bank of 13 Iowa is to improve the health of infants across the 14 United States by providing pasteurized donor human milk 15 to families and hospitals; and 16 WHEREAS, approximately 20 percent of the milk 17 collected by the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa is used at 18 the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital 19 to feed infants at the hospital, many of whom are born 20 prematurely or are battling other medical conditions, 21 and 80 percent of the milk collected is distributed to 22 families and other hospitals; and 23 WHEREAS, as of 2017, 1,590 donors had contributed to 24 the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa and the donated milk had 25 reached infants in 14 states and 39 hospitals across 26 the midwest, and in 2016 alone 187,623 ounces of breast 27 milk were distributed to infants in both inpatient and 28 outpatient settings, reaching infants in 13 states, 87 29 cities, and 40 hospitals, 13 of those hospitals being 30 -3- LSB 2003SV (2) 88 pf/rh 3/ 4
S.C.R. 6 located in Iowa; NOW THEREFORE, 1 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, THE HOUSE OF 2 REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, That the Mother’s Milk 3 Bank of Iowa is recognized for its critical role in 4 supplying breast milk and its benefits to infants both 5 in this state and throughout the United States. 6 -4- LSB 2003SV (2) 88 pf/rh 4/ 4