Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 3, 2013

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USBC Updates

Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding Core Measure Toolkit Revised

In 2010, The Joint Commission's Pregnancy and Related Conditions core measure set was retired and replaced with the new Perinatal Care core measure set, which includes measure PC-05: Exclusive breast milk feeding. On November 30, 2012, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced that the Perinatal Care core measure set would become mandatory for all hospitals with 1,100 or more births per year, effective January 1, 2014.

The USBC toolkit, Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding, has been revised and republished according to the most current Specifications Manual from TJC. Part 1 of the toolkit, Guidelines for Data Collection, is designed to aid hospitals and maternity facilities in accurate collection of the data needed to comply with the new measure. Part 2 of the toolkit, Implementing Practices That Improve Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding, focuses on improving adherence to evidence-based best practices, which is ultimately reflected in rates of exclusive breast milk feeding.

Federal News

Social Determinants of Health Webinar, from HHS

Join the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, April 24, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST for the Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar: Social Determinants of Health. Healthy People 2020 places a renewed emphasis on identifying, measuring, tracking, and reducing health disparities through a determinants of health approach and its new Social Determinants of Health topic area and objectives.


Member News

Study on Breastfeeding and Child Abuse, from AAP/Pediatrics

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that breastfeeding may help to protect against maternally perpetrated child maltreatment, particularly child neglect. Of 512 children with substantiated maltreatment reports, more than 60% experienced one or more episodes of maternally perpetrated abuse or neglect (4.3% of the cohort). The odds ratio for maternal maltreatment increased as breastfeeding duration decreased, with the odds of maternal maltreatment for nonbreastfed children being 4.8 times the odds for children breastfed for four or more months. After adjustment for confounding, the odds for nonbreastfed infants remained 2.6 times higher, with no association seen between breastfeeding and nonmaternal maltreatment. Maternal neglect was the only maltreatment subtype associated independently with breastfeeding duration.

Article on Breastfeeding Disparities, from APHA/The Nation's Health

The April 2013 issue of The Nation's Health featured an article entitled "Breastfeeding rates for black US women increase, but lag overall: Continuing disparity raises concerns." The article discusses the systems and environments that impact the black breastfeeding experience.

News Clippings

The New York Times: "Infants Are Fed Solid Food Too Soon, CDC Finds"

MomsRising Blog: "Defeating The Formula Death Star: Using Social Media to Advocate for the WHO Code

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