April Coalition Spotlight, from USBC
The United States Breastfeeding Committee has released its April Coalition Spotlight entitled, "Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition: Catalyzing a Grassroots to Treetops Movement." In this month's Coalition Spotlight, learn how breastfeeding advocates in Indiana are improving the landscape of breastfeeding through education, advocacy, and collaborative action. Don't miss your chance to be featured in the monthly Coalition Spotlight! Submit your stories here!
Supplemental Evidence and Data Request, from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking scientific information submissions from the public to inform a review of Systematic Review of Breastfeeding Programs and Policies, Breastfeeding Uptake, and Maternal Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, which is currently being conducted by AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers Program. Access to published and unpublished pertinent scientific information will improve the quality of this review. The submission deadline is Thursday, May 11.
Community Leadership Funding Award, from HCO
HealthConnect One has been awarded a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan to develop grassroots leadership that will impact communities' capacity to analyze and understand maternal and child health issues. Through HealthConnect One's Leadership Academy, participants will engage in a 'story collection' initiative, sharing their challenges and triumphs so as to amplify diverse voices and change perceptions. HealthConnect One will also partner with communities to conduct field-based innovation for grassroots community organizing. Read the press release.
Statement on Pacifiers, Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding, from BFUSA
In a new statement about, "Exclusive Breastfeeding, Pacifiers and Safe Sleep," Baby Friendly USA emphasizes that it promotes exclusive breastfeeding and the safe implementation of practices that support exclusive breastfeeding, while also reinforcing safe sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) reduction messages and practices. BFUSA believes strongly that the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, safe sleep, and SIDS reduction are complimentary initiatives. In fact, breastfeeding is recommended as a strategy for reducing SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. The protective effect of breastfeeding increases with exclusivity.
Stories Needed for WHO Code Day of Action, from Campaign Partners
On Thursday, May 18, Public Citizen's Commercial Alert, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Best for Babes, and 1,000 Days will host the 2017 Day of Action to Protect Parents and Babies from Predatory Marketing. In preparation for the event, the partners are collecting stories from families and health care providers about the infant formula marketing practices they've encountered, including formula company sponsored research or events; sponsored hospital discharge packs; print, online, or television ads; free samples or coupons (in health care or community settings); and social media or mobile marketing. Submit stories by Friday, May 5 to be considered for inclusion in the campaign, and stay tuned for more information about how to participate on the day of the event!
Clinical Report on Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatric Office Practice, from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a clinical report entitled, "The Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatric Office Practice." With more women breastfeeding and stays in the maternity facilities lasting only a few days, the vast majority of continued breastfeeding support occurs in the community. Pediatric care providers evaluate breastfeeding infants and their mothers in the office setting frequently during the first year of life. This new clinical report aims to review practices shown to support breastfeeding that can be implemented in the outpatient setting. Read the news release.
Public Health Funding Report, from TFAH
The Trust for America's Health has released a report entitled, "Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: A State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017." The report found that core funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined by around $580 million federally and has remained flat in states since 2010 (adjusting for inflation). Cuts to federal funds have not been offset by increases in state and local funding. TFAH has also updated its database of state-by-state health and public health indicators, data, and stories (now including territories as well).
Working Families Flexibility Act Toolkit, from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has released an "Oppose the Working Families Flexibility Act" toolkit on the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180/S. 801), introduced by Representative Martha Roby (R–AL) and Senator Mike Lee (R–UT). The bill would allow employers to offer comp time in lieu of time-and-a-half pay to non-supervisory ("non-exempt") workers who work more than 40 hours in a week. It would allow a worker to bank up to 160 hours of comp time, but without the guaranteed right to use that time when they need it, even in the case of a personal or family emergency. The U.S. House of Representatives' Education and the Workforce Committee may consider and vote on the Working Families Flexibility Act as soon as the week of April 24, and the full House may vote before May 5. The toolkit contains a bill overview, talking points, a call script, sample social media and a sample action alert.
News from the Field
DHA Supplementation Review, from Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library has released the Cochrane review, Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infants born at term. The review found no beneficial effects or harms associated with the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid supplementation on formula-fed full-term infants' neurodevelopment. Additionally, the review indicated a lack of consistent benefits on visual acuity. The authors concluded that routine supplementation of full-term infant milk formula with LCPUFA cannot be recommended at this time.
Ruth A. Lawrence Investigator Award Application, from ICHMSI
The International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation is accepting applications for the Ruth A. Lawrence Investigator Award for Research in Human Milk Science. The award was created to encourage original research in the area of human milk science and breastfeeding medicine, and to support the advancement of emerging researchers in this vital area of science. Award applicants must be trainees (students, post-graduate trainees/residents/fellows), or physician/academic researchers who are within the first five years of completion of their postgraduate training. Entries are due by Thursday, June 1.
Workplace Lactation Support Systematic Review, from Breastfeeding Medicine
The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has released an article entitled, "Employer-Based Programs to Support Breastfeeding Among Working Mothers: A Systematic Review." The purpose of this review is to examine the literature regarding employer-based programs, policies, and interventions to support breastfeeding among working mothers. The review suggests that maintaining breastfeeding while working is not only possible but also more likely when employers provide the supports that women need to do so. Although some employers may have more extensive breastfeeding support policies and practices than others, all employers can implement a breastfeeding support program that fits their company's budget and resources.
Analysis of ACA Repeal on Native American Health, AIPHRC
The American Indian Public Health Resource Center at North Dakota State University has released a report entitled, "Impact of ACA Repeal on American Indians and Alaska Natives." The report found that repeal of the ACA will lead to American Indians and Alaska Natives having less access to health services, less options for care, worsening health disparities, increased unnecessary suffering, and an increase in preventable deaths. The issue of repealing the ACA, therefore, should be examined through the lens of treaty responsibilities, social justice, and civil rights. Any attempt to repeal and replace the ACA should leave in its place programs and options that will increase access to direly needed health services, not further limit care for Indigenous Americans
Call for Papers for Special Issue, from JHL
The Journal of Human Lactation has announced a call for papers for a special issue on breastfeeding and social justice. The journal invites lactation-related research, reports, reviews, commentaries, and insights into practice and policy related to the theme of Education, Roles, and Licensure in Lactation Practice. The submission deadline for the special issue is December 1.
Working Family Flexibility Act Opposition Letter, from Oppose Comp Time Coalition
The Oppose Comp Time Coalition is circulating a letter to Congress opposing the Working Families Flexibility Act. The coalition letter urges Congress to reject the Working Families Flexibility Act and instead adopt family-friendly policies that provide true flexibility for working families like paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, fair schedules, and an increased minimum wage. The deadline to sign on is Friday, April 21.
Leadership Training Opportunities, from Mothering Justice
Mothering Justice is a statewide project dedicated to returning decision making power to the ones affected by these decisions the most. The overall goal of this organization is to empower a well-organized group of mothers that can engage fellow mothers and lawmakers around a variety of issues that affect working families. Learn more about leadership training opportunities, including Mama's University (a 9-month web-based fellowship) and the Mothering Justice Movement Fellowship (a 6 month program designed to train citizens on how they can be better advocates for families in Michigan).
Collective Impact Connection
New Population Health Book, from Public Health Foundation
The Public Health Foundation has released a new population health book entitled, Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration. The book brings together 50 population health experts to provide key insights into how to address population health issues and challenges in a collaborative way. The book details steps on how and when to take action on population health issues affecting communities to achieve results. This is the first book of its kind to provide advanced thinking from a wide range of experienced change specialists specifically for population health improvement efforts.
News & Views
The Huffington Post:
- "The National Scandal Of Newborn Deaths And Why Support For Breastfeeding Moms Matters"
- "'Girls' Breastfeeding Finale Gave An Honest Look At New Motherhood"