Breastfeeding Advocacy

Our Mission

Aeroflow is dedicated to increasing the rates of breastfeeding in the United States. Additionally, we are promoting access to breastfeeding support, supplies, and services for all families, and we are honored to be a part of your breastfeeding journey.

Who We Are

Meghan Bausone is the Breastfeeding Advocacy Strategist at Aeroflow Healthcare. She is responsible for the development of initiatives to improve breastfeeding rates through education and advocacy. She has a background in women’s health including studying midwifery, working as a doula, and providing direct-care support for teen mothers. She has a three-year-old daughter, enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Questions? Contact Meghan!

Danny Polich is the Director of Government Affairs at Aeroflow Healthcare. He works with Senators and House Representatives to protect existing breastfeeding laws and advocate for better policies in the future. Danny strives to make sure mothers are represented on the Hill and has been able to keep breastfeeding policies ‘off the table’ in the most recent round of healthcare negotiations. Outside of his work to protect breastfeeding laws, he enjoys walks in the woods with his dog, playing the saxophone and growing chia pets. Questions? Contact Danny!

What You Can Do

Shifting cultural attitudes towards breastfeeding starts with moms and families supporting each other. Here are some ways that you can be an active supporter of breastfeeding in your community:

  • Share your breastfeeding story on social media. Talking and posting about breastfeeding, pumping, breast milk benefits, and participating in advocacy efforts are easy ways to share information with your friends and family.
  • Join or start a moms meetup group. Find a local group or get help from existing organizations like La Leche League or Moms Rising to start your own. Moms Rising is an organization that is dedicated to creating a more family-friendly America. They will provide all the content and guidance to help you start a mom-centered support group in your area.
  • Talk about your experience and expertise with other moms. It is important for new moms to know that they are not alone and there are others who may have faced the same struggles.
  • Contact your lawmakers. Let your local politicians know that you support breastfeeding initiatives. This is great way to help influence policy in your area. For a list of congressmen and senators by state, click here.

Breastfeeding Info

Breast milk has many health benefits for both mother and baby, and is also an excellent bonding opportunity. The antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness, as the milk naturally adapts to meet your infant’s specific needs.

Breastfeeding has long term health benefits

  • Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.1
  • Child health benefits include long term reduced risks of asthma, obesity, and diabetes among other childhood illnesses.2

1. Bartick, M. C., Schwarz, E. B., Green, B. D., Jegier, B. J., Reinhold, A. G., Colaizy, T. T., Bogen, D. L., Schaefer, A. J., and Stuebe, A. M. (2017), Suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States: Maternal and pediatric health outcomes and costs, Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13)

2. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). (2012, February 27). Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics, 129, e827–e841. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.full.pdf+html

Information from The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding:

  • “Human milk is a natural, renewable food that acts as a complete source of babies’ nutrition for about the first six months of life.”
  • A recent study, using costs adjusted to 2007 dollars and evaluating costs associated with additional illnesses and diseases found that “[If] 90 percent of U.S. families followed guidelines to breastfeed exclusively for six months, the United States would save $13 billion annually from reduced direct medical and indirect costs and the cost of premature death. If 80 percent of U.S. families complied, $10.5 billion per year would be saved.”
  • “Breastfeeding has been recommended by several prominent organizations of health professionals, among them the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),25 American Academy of Family Physicians,27 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,28 American College of Nurse-Midwives,29 American Dietetic Association,30 and American Public Health Association,31 all of which recommend that most infants in the United States be breastfed for at least 12 months.”

More information about breastfeeding can be found here:

Breastfeeding Information
The Importance of Breastfeeding

Press

Awards:

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace and Business Award
http://ncbfc.org/ncbc-projects/the-business-case-for-breastfeeding/

In The News:

Home Care Magazine - Mandatory Maternity Coverage Could Boost Homecare
https://www.homecaremag.com/legislation-regulation/mandatory-maternity-coverage-could-boost-homecare

HealthCare Business News - Working Moms are a Driver of the U.S. Economy
https://www.dotmed.com/news/story/37805

The Hill - Working Mothers Need a New Recipe for Success
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/332206-working-mothers-need-a-new-recipe-for-success

Romper - Will The New Trumpcare Cover Breast Pumps? The Provision Is Crucial To Many Mothers
https://www.romper.com/p/will-the-new-trumpcare-cover-breast-pumps-the-provision-is-crucial-to-many-mothers-56012

Time/Money - Trump's First 100 Days: 5 Health Care Professionals Grade the President's Performance
http://time.com/money/4752298/trump-100-days-grade-health-care/

Motto/Time - Obamacare Helped Working Moms Breastfeed — And It’s One Thing Republicans Might Keep
http://motto.time.com/4697160/republican-healthcare-bill-breastfeeding/

Breast Milk is a Human Right Petition
https://www.change.org/p/health-protect-breast-milk-as-a-human-right

Press Releases:

Aeroflow Breastpumps Launches New Website
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14506286.htm

Aeroflow Breastpumps Partners with Molina Healthcare to Serve Mothers in South Carolina
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/06/prweb14438705.htm

Aeroflow Healthcare Debuts New Pumping Room
http://www.prweb.com/releases/aeroflow/pumpingroom/prweb14400273.htm

Aeroflow Healthcare Responds to American Health Care Act Defeat
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14190333.htm

Congressman Patrick McHenry Visits Aeroflow Healthcare
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/02/prweb14099446.htm

Aeroflow Healthcare Responds to Trump's Congress Speech, Offers Insight on Women's Health
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14113944.htm

Breast Milk is a Human Right; Stand Together as a Nation to Protect this Right
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/01/prweb13975826.htm

Aeroflow Donates Breast Pumps to Mothers in Need
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/03/prweb13292291.htm

Aeroflow Community Garden Takes Root
http://aeroflowinc.com/aeroflow-community-garden-takes-root-south-asheville/

Aeroflow Healthcare Donates to Mission Children’s Hospital
http://aeroflowinc.com/aeroflow-healthcare-donates-to-mission-childrens-hospital/

Aeroflow Breastpumps follows the guidelines of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. We are dedicated to promoting breastfeeding and view breast pumps as a valuable tool to support families in meeting their breastfeeding goals, especially for mothers returning to work. We have no financial interests in formula nor do we have business relationships with any companies in the formula business.

We stand behind the efforts of the World Health Organization to improve breastfeeding rates and protect families from aggressive marketing tactics by milk-substitute companies. We are working with the World Health Organization on becoming a private sector member of their Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.

"The aim of this Code is to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants, by the protection and promotion of breastfeeding, and by ensuring the proper use of breastmilk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution." — Article 1 of the Code