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#1 of 2 Old 02-01-2003, 04:40 AM - Thread Starter
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and where do I start? Ok...another "college assignment" thread.

In a political science class, have to do a project & paper. Thought about getting a specific "it's ok to breastfeed" law on the books here in Kansas. I am wondering if it is anywhere near realistic to do this and where I would start. ( I probably wouldn't have to actually get it enacted, just talking about the experience would probably be enough). I am also wondering what a realistic time table would be to do this...would it be possible to get it enacted before May?

any info would be helpful.

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Hmmmm..... I don't know how long it would take, but I would start by finding out the office of your state representative and calling them and asking to talk to the legislative director or chief of staff (preferably a woman working for a woman legislator but start where you can). The first step is to find out whether a law is already on the books, and if not, which state has the best model to follow. (Maybe La Leche League's website will have something on that?) If your local rep isn't friendly look up online the website for the state legislature (I'm assuming they have one, but who knows) and try to target a progressive woman legislator (one or more) and call their offices to discuss. Also call the LLL leadership, and maybe the League of Women Voters? and the local American Academy of Pediatrics? to see if you can get any organizational support for a bill.

I would put together a fact sheet of why breastfeeding is so great - a one or two pager of bullet points, a la LLL's top 100 reasons to breastfeed - focusing especially on the economics of it and how it is so great from a public health perspective. In other words, why would it save the state money to encourage breastfeeding?

I'm sure there are websites out there on the political process that might be helpful, too, but this might give you a starting point.

Sounds like a cool project!

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