mPinc Survey Public Comment Opportunity, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a public comment opportunity to collect feedback on proposed updates to the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey. The 2018 and 2020 mPINC surveys will closely match previous iterations in methodology and administration but CDC updated the content of the survey to reflect changes in maternity care over time. This is the first significant revision to the mPINC survey since its initial launch in 2007. Comments must be submitted on or before Monday, January 22.
Vital Signs Report on Safe Sleep Practices, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a Vital Signs report entitled "Trends and Disparities in Infant Safe Sleep Practices — United States, 2009–2015." CDC analyzed 2009–2015 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data to describe infant sleep practices. CDC examined 2015 data on nonsupine sleep positioning, bed sharing, and soft bedding use by state and selected maternal characteristics, as well as linear trends in nonsupine sleep positioning from 2009 to 2015. In 2015, 21.6% of respondents from 32 states and New York City reported placing their infant in a nonsupine sleep position. Infant nonsupine sleep positioning was highest among respondents who were non-Hispanic blacks. Nonsupine sleep positioning prevalence was higher among respondents aged <25 years compared with ≥25 years, those who had completed ≤12 years compared with >12 years of education, and those who participated in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children during pregnancy. Based on trend data from 15 states, placement of infants in a nonsupine sleep position decreased significantly from 27.2% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2015. Visit the Vital Signs web page to find the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), shareable infographic, and other materials. Join CDC on Tuesday, January 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the "Safe Sleep for Babies" town hall teleconference.
Brief on Maternal Mental Health, from ASPHN
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has released a brief titled "Supporting Maternal Mental Health in Public Nutrition Practice." The publication provides insight into maternal depression, including post-partum depression, and the effects it can have on mothers, families, and children. It also highlights programs and resources that can be used to screen and treat maternal depression. The brief identifies breastfeeding as a protective factor, and highlights the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
Position Statement on Informal Milk Sharing, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has published a position statement on informal milk sharing in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine. The statement includes detailed guidance for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about informal milk sharing. It also highlights strategies for maximizing the safety of community-based breast milk sharing including medical screening of the donor and safe milk handling practices. Internet-based breast milk sharing is not recommended under any circumstances. Physicians and other healthcare providers can help mothers and families evaluate the risks and benefits of informal milk sharing while making informed infant nutrition decisions.
National Day of Racial Healing, from WKKF
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has published the National Day of Racial Healing Engagement Guide as a resource to support planning and promotion efforts for the upcoming National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) to be held on Tuesday, January 18. NDORH is a part of the WKKF Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort—a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. People, organizations, and communities are invited to come together and take collective action for a more just and equitable world.
News from the Field
Case Study on Community Health Worker Strategies, from NASHP
The National Association for State Health Policy has published a case study entitled "Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits" NASHP recently updated its State Community Health Worker (CHW) Models Map, and is currently identifying innovative state strategies that have helped CHW initiatives meet their goals. The case study explores payment models for CHWs conducting home visits in Minnesota, New York, Utah, and Washington State. The brief highlights the importance of community health worker home visits and lifts up successful Medicaid reimbursement programs.
Study on Breastfeeding and Childhood Obesity, from Childhood Obesity
The journal Childhood Obesity has provided complimentary access to a selection of high-impact articles through Tuesday, January 23, including an article entitled "Breastfeeding Reduces Childhood Obesity Risks." The article details a study examining the effects of breastfeeding and its duration on the development of childhood obesity from 24 months through grade 6. The study found that breastfeeding at 1 month and more than 6 months reduced the risk of childhood obesity and that the rate of breastfeeding was low in the United States in the 1990s, which may have had long-term implications on children.
State and Community News
Workplace Lactation Discrimination Protections Passed into Law, from New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Christie has signed legislation which amends the state's civil-rights law to prohibit employers from firing or discriminating against workers because they are breastfeeding or expressing milk during breaks. Employers also must provide reasonable break time and a suitable room or other location with privacy, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the work area for the employee to express breast milk for the child.
Collective Impact Connection
Transformative Action Webinar Series, from Tamarack Institute
Tamarack Institute, in partnership with Ontario Trillium Foundation, has launched the Transformative Action Webinar Series. The series is designed to share tools that will help groups build capacity to implement complex transformational initiatives. Join the first webinar entitled "Community Engagement," on Thursday, January 18, from 1-2 p.m. ET. During this webinar, participants will learn about the community engagement continuum and how this can help engagement planning. The webinar will review two community engagement tools, including the Community Engagement Planning Tool and Building an Empathy Map.
News & Views
World Religion News: "Pope Baptizes 34 Babies And Encourages Mothers To Breastfeed…Again"
Science Daily: "When is the right time to start infants on solid foods?"
NewsMax Health: "Severe Childhood Obesity Declining"