Final Advice on Fish Consumption, from FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have issued final fish consumption advice to help women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breastfeeding, as well as parents of young children, to make informed choices about fish that are healthy and safe to eat. The agencies have created an easy-to-use reference chart that sorts 62 types of fish into three categories: best choices, good choices, and fish to avoid. When updating the advice, the agencies took a cautious and highly protective approach to allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of fish while avoiding those with higher levels of mercury, which is especially important during pregnancy and early childhood.
Parenting Support Funding, from OAH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health has announced a new funding opportunity to support States and Tribes to provide expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families with supportive services including evidence-based/evidence-informed approaches to improve their health and well-being. Through this announcement, OAH aims to improve not only the health outcomes of the expectant and parenting population, but also educational, social, and economic outcomes that shape health. OAH expects funded programs to address the multigenerational needs of the expectant and parenting population (for example, address the needs of the parenting father, child, and the mother of the parenting father) where and when possible. OAH encourages applications that also include targeted programming for marginalized subpopulations. Letters of intent are due on Tuesday, January 31, and applications are due on Friday, March 24.
Infographics to Highlight Progress, from Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020 has released new interactive infographics showing progress toward the healthy people objectives using data from the Midcourse Review. The infographics show the status of Healthy People objectives across all topic areas and Leading Health Indicators. Read the announcement.
Statement on AAP Infant Sleep Policy, from LLLI
La Leche League International has released a statement applauding the updated infant sleep policy published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). La Leche League particularly commends the AAP for recognizing the need for a safe place for drowsy nighttime breastfeeding sessions.
Podcast on AAP Infant Sleep Policy and ABM Protocol, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released a new podcast focused on the updated infant sleep policy published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the ABM protocol evaluating the evidence for breastfeeding and other strategies to reduce infant pain during procedures. The podcast discusses SIDS-related statistics and the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
Recruitment and Retention Campaign, from NWA
The National WIC Association has launched Mom Strong, a new campaign to increase recruitment to WIC, improve retention, and enhance the public perception of WIC. Mom Strong provides resources and connections to healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and referrals to other ancillary public health services such as immunizations, social services, domestic abuse, and addiction counseling services.
Resources to Protect the Prevention Fund, from TFAH
Trust for America's Health has released an analysis, including state-by-state fact sheets, finding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would lose 12 percent of its annual budget if the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act, were repealed. States would end up losing more than $3 billion over the next five years from grants and programs supported by the Prevention Fund. TFAH has also released a new document "Supporting Prevention and Public Health in the ACA: 911 for America's Health," featuring a snapshot of several important prevention and public health provisions potentially at risk. In addition, TFAH created a one-stop link featuring various background materials in support of the Prevention Fund.
Safe Sleep Image Gallery, from NAPPSS
The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep has released the Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding Image Gallery to provide photos and illustrations of families sleeping and feeding in a breastfeeding-friendly, safe sleep environment. All of the images may be downloaded and used at no charge and without restriction. NAPPSS is collecting additional photo submissions to expand this collection. Visit the NAPPSS wish list for the full list of requested photos and submission instructions.
Issue Brief on Breastfeeding Learning Communities, from ASTHO
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has released an Issue Brief entitled, "Promoting Breastfeeding: State Health Departments and Breastfeeding Coalition Partnerships in the ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community." The issue brief describes strategies and approaches utilized by five states that received "enhanced" funding to work more closely with their state breastfeeding coalitions.
Issue Brief on Breastfeeding Learning Communities, from ASTHO
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have developed a state-by-start chart of Prevention Fund investments. The chart identifies funded topics as well as awardees.
News from the Field
New Breastfeeding Newsletter, from Mother and Child Health and Education Trust
The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust has released Breastfeeding Daily, a curated website and free daily newsletter promoting news from the "First Food" field.
Perceived Insufficient Milk Study, from Western Journal of Nursing Research
The Western Journal of Nursing Research has released an article entitled, "Mothers With Perceived Insufficient Milk: Preliminary Evidence of Home Interventions to Boost Mother–Infant Interactions." The article presents the results of a study evaluating the short-term impact of mother–infant interactions through home interventions designed to overcome Perceived insufficient milk (PIM) as a result of the infant's behavior, delivered to 14 dyads of breastfeeding mothers and their full-term singleton infants. Three home intervention sessions showed promise in improving mother–infant interactions during breastfeeding.
Cost of Breastfeeding Disparities Report, from The Journal of Pediatrics
The Journal of Pediatrics has released an article entitled, "Disparities in Breastfeeding: Impact on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes and Costs." The paper presents the results of a study aiming to estimate the disease burden and associated costs attributable to suboptimal breastfeeding rates among non-Hispanic blacks (NHBs), Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites (NHWs). Using current literature on associations between breastfeeding and health outcomes for eight pediatric and five maternal diseases, researchers used Monte Carlo simulations to evaluate two hypothetical cohorts of U.S. women followed from age 15 to 70 years and their infants followed from birth to age 20 years. The research concluded that compared with a NHW population, a NHB population had 1.7 times the number of excess cases of acute otitis media attributable to suboptimal breastfeeding, 3.3 times the number of excess cases of necrotizing enterocolitis, and 2.2 times the number of excess child deaths. Compared with a NHW population, a Hispanic population had 1.4 times the number of excess cases of gastrointestinal infection and 1.5 times the number of excess child deaths.
Health Equity Solutions, from NASEM
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has convened an ad hoc, expert committee to consider solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity. In the resulting report, "Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity," the committee identifies the major elements of effective or promising solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements needed to be successful.
Collective Impact Connection
Community Resilience, from Tamarack Institute
The Tamarack Institute has released an article profiling a new paper entitled, "The Case for Cultivating Community Resilience." The paper explores the characteristics of resilient communities and ten actions that build resilient communities.
News & Views
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