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The USBC e-newsletter has been redesigned in preparation for the launch of a new website with a USBC blog this fall. We will continue to publish "Staying Abreast" monthly with news briefs in this format. Longer articles will move to the blog, including the Member and Coalition Spotlights and updates from USBC leadership.
Online registration is open for the Fourth National Conference of State/Territorial/Tribal Breastfeeding Coalitions -- Answering the Call: Coalitions Moving Into Action -- to be held August 4-6, 2012, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The deadline to make hotel reservations is Monday, July 9, 2012.
Please join us in welcoming the newly elected Coalitions Regional Representatives:
- Midwest: Christine Lundberg and Helen Dimas (alternate)
- Mid-Atlantic: Kathleen Logan and Jane Balkam (alternate)
- Mountain Plains: Charlene Burnett and Brenda Bandy (alternate)
Learn more about the Regional Rep structure and see the full roster of regions.
The USBC's joint letter to the editor of TIME magazine, co-signed by MomsRising and the National Partnership for Women & Families, was sent in response to the May 21, 2012 cover story, "Are You Mom Enough?"
The USBC issued a press release on the June 28 Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
From the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a three-year $900,000 grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for innovative work to improve breastfeeding support for underserved populations in North Carolina and beyond. The grant supports translating action-oriented research and program theory into practice in order to create an environment in which more women, especially those suffering from inequities in care and disparities in health outcomes, can decide to breastfeed and to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
From the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services: HHS Awards Community Health Centers
From the National WIC Association: Conference September 11-13
The National WIC Association's 2012 Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference & Exhibits in Los Angeles is only a few months away! Remember to register before July 31 to avoid late registration fees. View a preliminary program or register online, or by contacting NWA at 202-232-5492.
From Lamaze International: Announcing the Launch of Push for Your Baby
Push for Your Baby was created by Lamaze International to provide expectant parents with the support and information needed to push for the safest, healthiest birth possible.
From Best for Babes: Launch of "Take Action" Hub to Inform the Media & Moms of Breaking Advocacy News
The "Take Action" section is intended to be a public service and a collaborative effort among stakeholders to serve the dual purposes of:
- Providing a one-stop resource to moms AND the media where they can find all the latest information pertaining to breastfeeding news, campaigns and activities; and
- Harnessing the power of individual moms, to help direct their energy and enthusiasm toward specific calls to action, and unite and empower them under the umbrella of the breastfeeding cause.
From the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute: Save the Date for the Breastfeeding/Feminism Symposium March 2013
March 21-22, 2013 for the 8th Conference in the Breastfeeding Series, to be held in Chapel Hill, NC! The topic will address communities – "It Takes a Village" to support a breastfeeding mom. Details coming soon.
From Lynn Parker, Tribal Coalitions Regional Rep: Tribal Breastfeeding Survey
All interested parties are invited to take a few moments to fill out a brief survey regarding tribal breastfeeding coalitions. This survey is not a vote. The purpose is give the leadership an idea of what the concerns are, and to help guide us in the right direction. Please feel free to forward it to people you think might be interested.
From the White House: Forum on Women and the Economy
As part of the Forum, the White House released a new report entitled Keeping America's Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last which examines the ways in which the Administration has worked to ensure women's economic security through all stages of life—from young women furthering their education and beginning their careers, to working women who create jobs and provide for their families, to seniors in retirement or getting ready for retirement.
From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Watch HBO's The Weight of the Nation Documentary
The documentary is part of a public service campaign that encourages action at the personal, community, and national levels to prevent obesity. To raise awareness of the obesity epidemic and support action to reverse it, HBO is providing free online access to the entire documentary, as well as topic-specific segments, action steps, discussion guides, and other materials at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/. The series also will be viewable on YouTube.
From Reaching our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE): Breastfeeding Summit: Reclaiming an African American Tradition
ROSE has joined forces with Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, and several other breastfeeding support organizations, to put forth this summit on July 19, 2012 in Atlanta. The summit will focus on the disparities in the African American community and methods that can be used to increase the rate of African American mothers who breastfeed nationwide. Register online.
From the Bipartisan Policy Center: BPC Unveils Plan to Improve the Nation's Physical Health and Lower Health Care Costs
A bipartisan group of former U.S. cabinet secretaries released a comprehensive and actionable plan to improve America's physical and fiscal crises, driven by the alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease today. The report, entitled, Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future, from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, calls on the public and private sectors to collaborate in creating healthy families, schools, workplaces and communities, focusing on existing best practices that can be implemented on a large scale to broaden their impact and help scale back obesity in the U.S.
From Institute of Medicine: IOM Report Identifies Key Obesity-Prevention Strategies to Scale Back "Weight of the Nation"
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, that outlines comprehensive strategies for addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic and calls on leaders in all sectors to accelerate action to advance those strategies. Recommendation 4-4 encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy and breastfeeding and addresses the need for breastfeeding-friendly environments. Read the press release.
From the National Partnership for Women and Families: America's Working Parents Deserve Paid Family Leave
A new report of the Center for Women and Work, Policy Matters: Public Policy, Paid Leave for New Parents, and Economic Security for U.S. Workers, notes improvements in breastfeeding establishment and duration for workers with access to paid leave to care for a new child. The National Partnership for Women & Families has developed an action campaign urging Congress to support a national paid leave insurance program. On July 9-10, USBC Executive Director Megan Renner will attend the National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave, co-hosted by the National Partnership for Women & Families and Family Values @ Work.
From Baby Milk Action: Updates
- Health campaigners are welcoming a new resolution passed at the 65th World Health Assembly which calls on governments to strengthen controls on the marketing of breastmilk substitutes and to establish "adequate mechanisms" to deal with conflicts of interest. Read the press release.
- Lobbyists in the Philippines are fighting to amend legislation known as the "milk code" which prevents companies from marketing human milk substitutes. Baby Milk Action has developed a petition to fight against the proposed legislation.
From California WIC Association: New Tools for Leveraging WIC in Preventive Services
California WIC Association is pleased to provide you with a Policy brief and Toolkit designed to help WIC practitioners get more involved with the design and roll-out of Preventive Services, which will soon be available to millions as part of the Affordable Care Act:
- Opportunities for Nutrition and Breastfeeding Interventions Under Health Care Reform
- Ramping Up for Reform: Quality Breastfeeding Support in Preventive Care
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Updates
- Highlights from Weight of the Nation Conference. Leaders report signs of progress, call for collaboration and more intensive efforts to address disparities.
- A new Health Policy Brief explores Workplace Wellness programs and how they are impacted by the Affordable Care Act.
From Cincinatti: Infants At-Risk From Formula Stretching
A research study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital found that many local low-income families are resorting to the dangerous practice of "formula stretching" to feed their babies.
From Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition: State Goes Bag Free!
Massachusetts is now the second state to go bag-free! The state's 49 hospitals and birth centers have stopped giving away infant formula discharge bags to new moms.
From New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Breastfeeding Promotion Campaign
Latch on NYC is a citywide initiative to support mothers who choose to breastfeed and limit practices that interfere with that choice. It involves both a hospital commitment to limit infant formula promotion and a public awareness campaign on the benefits of breast milk.
From Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles: County Lactation Program
The County of Los Angeles's Lactation Accommodation Program has gone live on their employee benefits website identifying more than 360 dedicated or temporary spaces for breastfeeding employees to express breast milk. This centralized list will allow supervisors and Human Resources personnel to communicate with neighboring departments so that they can support an employee who travels or is out in the field by identifying other county facilities that can accommodate their employee.
From California Department of Public Health: New Teen Guidelines
An Infant Feeding section has been added to the California Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents.
Items of Interest
From FSG: Collective Impact Videos
This series of short videos describes the concept of collective impact, and shows the 5 conditions of collective impact in action using The Elizabeth River Project and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) as examples. Please share with others who are working to tackle large-scale social problems, and help build the collective impact movement.
From King West Pictures: Donor Milk: the Documentary
Screening of Donor Milk: the Documentary will begin in August to showcase the life-saving benefits of breast milk.
From: Childhood Obesity: A Systems Approach to Preventing Obesity in Early Life
Currently more than 10% of preschoolers in the U.S. are obese and effective strategies that target pregnancy, infancy, and toddlers are urgently needed to stop the progression of the childhood obesity epidemic, as proposed in an article in Childhood Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free online ahead of print on the Childhood Obesity website. Read the press release.
The New York Times: "Maternity Ward Swag" op-ed on banning infant formula discharge bags in hospitals
The Village Voice: "Bloomberg Flogs Breast Milk on the Subways"