Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 18, 2015

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

Member News

Updated Breastfeeding Policy, from AWHONN

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has published an updated position statement on breastfeeding in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. The updated statement is a consolidation and revision of two separate position statements entitled "Breastfeeding" and "Breastfeeding and Lactation in the Workplace."

Black History Month Blog Carnival, from MomsRising & HealthConnect One

MomsRising and HealthConnect One have launched #BlkBFing Next Door, a blog carnival in honor of Black History Month to celebrate local changemakers in the African-American breastfeeding movement. The blog carnival brings together individuals and organizations from across the country to celebrate and share initiatives and accomplishments, including USBC member organizations Reaching our Sisters Everywhere and Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association.

Partner News

Policy Brief on Breastfeeding in Mississippi, from Delta Directions & Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

One of the Round Table Hosts for the upcoming Mississippi Delta CHAMPS Conference has released a policy brief entitled, Building a Healthier Future for Our Children and Our State: Increasing Breastfeeding Rates in Mississippi. The brief examines the benefits and current barriers to breastfeeding in Mississippi, and legislative solutions to address the state's low breastfeeding rates. CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) is a breastfeeding-focused initiative geared toward improving maternal and child health outcomes through the promotion of Baby-Friendly practices in Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, and Southern Tennessee.

FMLA Anniversary

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrated its 22nd Anniversary on February 5. The landmark legislation grants unpaid, job protected leave to millions of American families, but millions more remain uncovered. The anniversary was marked by calls to expand its protection to more Americans and pass paid leave legislation. Partner highlights included:

Collective Impact Connection

Social Innovation Webinar, from Tamarack

Join Tamarack on Thursday, March 5, at 12 p.m. EST for a pre-launch webinar and first public discussion on concepts emerging from Thought Leader Al Etmanski's new book Impact: Six Patterns to Scale Your Social Innovation, which explores the paradox between short term success and minimal long term impact.

State/Community News

Report on Pregnant and Parenting Students, from California

The American Civil Liberties Union of California has released a new report entitled, Breaking Down Educational Barriers for California's Pregnant & Parenting Students. The report contains four key findings, including a lack of adequate spaces to breastfeed or express human milk, as well as state and district level recommendations to create more equitable access to quality education. The ACLU of Northern California also has released the student guide, Know Your Rights: Pregnant & Parenting Students. Read the press release.

Medicaid Breast Pump Action Alert, from Florida

A consortium of advocates in Florida has issued a sign on letter to ask Secretary Dudek of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to update the state's Medicaid coverage to include double electric personal breast pumps. Clinical experts are invited to support the initiative by reading and signing the letter.

News and Views

Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "Breastfeeding Reducing Childhood Obesity: Fact, Fiction or Sometimes?"

U.S. Department of Labor blog: "Q&A with Women's Bureau Director Latifa Lyles on Pregnancy Discrimination"

The New York Times: "Where Working Women Are Most Common"

The Huffington Post: "Deborah Norville Was Told Breastfeeding Would Hurt Her Career"

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