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NO. R-224. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE IMPORTANCE OF BREASTFEEDING.

(J.R.H. 179)

Offered by: Committee on Health and Welfare.

Whereas, breastfeeding provides significant health and medical benefits to mothers and children in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, strong evidence supports the proposition that human milk feeding decreases the incidence and severity of diarrhea, lower respiratory infection, otitis media, bacteremia, bacterial meningitis, botulism, urinary tract infection, and necrotizing enterocolitis, and

Whereas, there are studies that show a possible protective effect of human milk feeding against sudden death syndrome, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, lymphoma, allergic diseases, and other chronic digestive diseases, and

Whereas, breastfeeding has been related to possible enhancement of cognitive development, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the commissioner of the department of health, in cooperation with the departments of personnel, buildings and general services, and economic development, be directed to organize a study commission on breastfeeding in public establishments and the workplace, and be it further

Resolved: That the study commission be directed to include the Vermont State Employees' Association, the Governor's Commission on Women, the LaLeche League, and other relevant stakeholders, and be it further

Resolved: That the study commission be directed to convene for purposes of promoting awareness and education of Vermont citizens, public and private employers, and proprietors of public establishments regarding the benefits of breastfeeding, and be it further

Resolved: That the study commission be directed to identify the advantages of providing breastfeeding-friendly work environments, develop breastfeeding-friendly policies, and recommend legislation supporting breastfeeding in public establishments and the workplace, and be it further

Resolved: That the commissioner be directed to report the activities of this study commission to the house Committee on Health and Welfare by January 15, 2001, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor and the commissioners of the departments of health, personnel, buildings and general services, and economic development.