Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 4, 2015

Federal News

Report on Women and Girls of Color, from the White House

The White House Council on Women and Girls released a report entitled "Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity." The report highlights issues and policies that impact women and girls of color across the country, including breastfeeding support.

WIC Breastfeeding Policy Inventory, from Mathematica Policy Research for USDA/FNS

Mathematica Policy Research has released an In Focus Brief on the WIC Local Agency Breastfeeding Policy and Practices Inventory (WIC BPI) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. The study includes a census of all state and local WIC agencies to capture the comprehensive range of policies and practices used to encourage breastfeeding, as well as the ways in which agencies collect and store breastfeeding data.


Member News

Health Coverage Options for MCH Populations, from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs has released a new fact sheet entitled "Who Will Be Covered for What in 2015 and Beyond?" The interactive fact sheet is designed to assist state maternal and child health programs in understanding insurance affordability programs, not including employee-sponsored coverage.

Breastfeeding Position Paper, from AND 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published a updated position statement on breastfeeding in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The paper frames breastfeeding as an important part of promoting public and family health. 


Partner News

Strategies for Promoting Breastfeeding Success, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) February 2015 newsletter includes two breastfeeding articles: "Breastfeeding Success Depends On Support During Pregnancy As Much As After" and "Breastfeeding Collaboratives Provide Road Map for Long-Term Success."


News from the Field

Research Brief on Maternal Depression and Dietary Behaviors in Young Children, from Urban Institute

The Urban Institute has released a research brief entitled "Maternal Depression Associated with Less Healthy Dietary Behaviors in Young Children." The study investigated the relationship between maternal depression and eating habits of young children, with a focus on Kindergarten-age children. The brief also mentions the association between maternal depression and shortened duration of breastfeeding.

Obesity Series, from The Lancet

The Lancet medical journal has released its Obesity 2015 Series, examining how food environments encourage unhealthy eating habits and how regulatory actions from governments and increased efforts from industry and civil society can end that pattern. Series highlights include a sharable infographic entitled "How can governments support healthy food preferences?" and an article entitled "Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture."


Collective Impact Connection

Communication Strategy to Maximize Impact, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled "Big Communications for Small Nonprofits," outlining three steps for creating change through strategic communications. A case study demonstrates why it is important for nonprofits of any size to focus on communications.


State/Community News

Breastfeeding in Public Bill Signed into Law, from South Dakota

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed SB77 into law, protecting a mother's right to breastfeed her child in any location where she is otherwise authorized to be present.


News and Views

The Huffington Post: "The Problem With 'Discreet' Breastfeeding"

Seattle.gov: "Murray, Godden Announce Paid Parental Leave Program for City of Seattle Employees"

Dairy Reporter.com: "EC suggests toddler milk marketing and composition 'commitments'"

The Atlantic: "Silicon Valley's Best and Worst Jobs for New Moms (and Dads)"

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