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Tuesday, March 13, 2007It's been a week or so, so I thought I'd drop you an email to let you know a little bit about what's still going on behind the scenes here in Central Ohio as we work to deal with the City Kids Day Care center and their discrimination against breastfed children.
After contacting all of the State Senators that sponsored the breastfeeding in public bill (and subsequently having every email bounce *sigh*) I've finally heard back from an aide in Representative Jon Peterson's office. Rep. Peterson has taken an interest in the case and has asked his aide to look into the matter further. I've shared with them that our primary goal is to revise the guidelines for licenced day care centers in Ohio so that they would not be allowed to discriminate against a child based on that child's diet.
The goal here would be to make sure that breastfed children are protected, but also to make sure that other children with specialized diets (kosher, vegan, severe peanut allergies, etc...) would be protected as well.
If we're not able to go that route, then we will look to work with our State Reps and State Senators to draft a revision to the Ohio Breastfeeding in Public bill so that it would include the rights of breastfed children to be cared for at a licensed center without being discriminated against.
Robin has also been contacted by someone at the Centers for Disease Control after they spotted this blog. Apparently they have a department that works on child care issues and they plan on discussing this issue. Hopefully I'll have some word back from them and will be able to share it with you here.
Finally, one of my readers happens to specialize in infectious disease issues. I've asked her to put together some information to address the breast milk and disease issue so that I might share it with my readers.
It's slow going folks, but you have my word that I will continue to work with Robin (and others) on issues like this and that while it may take time, we WILL see this issue resolved somewhere down the road.