Weekly Wire: August 16, 2018

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USBC Updates

#XOfor20 Campaign

USBC is 20 years young! To celebrate, we are launching #XOfor20, a capital campaign highlighting the power of collective commitment and reaffirming our dedication to creating a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. We are proud of the progress we ALL have made over the last 20 years. We have seen firsthand what can be accomplished when a group of people come together with love and sustained commitment to contribute to a shared vision. That's the wisdom behind our #XOfor20 campaign. We are calling on breastfeeding advocates like yourself to make a monthly donation of any amount for 20 months. Our advocacy efforts are entirely supported by contributions from our supporters, so your gift goes a long way towards helping the USBC serve breastfeeding families and the field. We are proud to advocate for equitable policies in areas like maternity care, continuity of care, lactation support, donor milk, workplace support and more. Please join us: www.usbreastfeeding.org/donate  

Webinar on Supporting Breastfeeding Employees and Students

Join the Workplace Support Constellation on Tuesday, August 21, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for the inaugural webinar in the Breastfeeding Works series. The "Breastfeeding Works: How To Support Nursing Employees and Students" webinar will give health care and lactation support providers the information and tools they need to counsel breastfeeding workers and students. The expert panelists will cover the national and state laws that protect breastfeeding parents from discrimination, and the laws that require lactation accommodations at work and school. Submit your most pressing questions on this topic ahead of the webinar so that they can be addressed during the presentation. The webinar is hosted by:

  • A Better Balance
  • American Civil Liberties Union Women's Rights Project
  • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Center for WorkLife Law, University of California Hastings College of Law
  • International Childbirth Education Association
  • La Leche League USA
  • National WIC Association
  • Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
  • United States Breastfeeding Committee
  • United States Lactation Consultant Association   

Twitter Training

The USBC has launched another session of it's 4-week training program, "Managing Twitter with Hootsuite." Each week will include a downloadable worksheet, a pre-recorded instructional video, and optional individual meeting times for those needing individualized assistance. The trainings are designed to help coalitions learn strategies for scheduling social media messaging in advance to improve sustainability and visibility. Email Lynette Anigbo, USBC's Evaluation and Development Coordinator, at lanigbo@usbreastfeeding.org to register.   

Create an Organizational Profile on the USBC Website

Organizations commited to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding are invited to create an organizational group profile on the USBC website. By creating a group profile for your organization, you can:

  • Set Engagement Levels to indicate your organization's interest level in collaborative work on a number of breastfeeding support topic areas. This database is a powerful tool that informs the development of our collaborative work and identification of stakeholders.

  • Share your organization's activities on each of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) Actions. Group profile entries populate public pages on the SGCTA Action Directory so that all visitors can easily find and read highlights of related activities from across the country, sorted by topic.

  • Breastfeeding coalitions can also be added to the Coalitions Directory.

To request an organization website profile, please fill out this brief form. Helpful resources:


Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

The USBC has launched the National Breastfeeding Month 2018 webpage, highlighting four weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Policy Pulse 
    Finding Solutions: Small policy changes can go a long way toward supporting breastfeeding families
  • Week 2: Special Circumstances & Emergency Preparedness 
    Always Ready: Resources and guidance on how to manage feeding during an emergency
  • Week 3: Call to Action 
    Answering the Call: Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier
  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week 
    Love on Top: On top of joy, on top of grief, on top of everything

Help celebrate by letting us know about your organizations' NBM webpage, resources, or virtual events via the online submission form and join the conversation at hashtag #NBM18. Highlights from the field include:

  • Great Lakes NetWORK Series: Join the Great Lakes NetWORK Series on Tuesday, August 21, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a National Breastfeeding Month webinar on Breastfeeding and Women's Health

  • National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color: Join NAPPLSC on Thursday, August 30, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET for the second annual Black Breastfeeding Week webinar.

  • National WIC Association: NWA has launched an action alert titled, "Ask your Senators to Co-Sponsor World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month Resolution." In addition to honoring World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, the resolution calls for supporting policies and funding to ensure that all mothers who choose to breastfeed can access a full range of appropriate support from child care and health care institutions, health care insurers, employers, researchers, and government entities.

  • U.S. Breastfeeding Committee: USBC has launched a new story collector tool: "Tell Us About Your Experience with Breastfeeding and Emergencies." Families and health care providers are invited to share about the breastfeeding support (or barriers) they've encountered while facing an emergency, including personal or family crises, public health emergencies (such as a flu pandemic), acts of terror and violence, and natural disasters or weather-related events (such as hurricanes and wildfires). 

  • United States Lactation Consultant Association: USCLA is offering free access to their archived webinar "Survive and Thrive." The presentation defines the gestation age parameters of late preterm infants, describes common breastfeeding challenges, and identifies appropriate breastfeeding tools and techniques.

  • ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE has released a paid family leave advocacy toolkit featuring materials to help highlight why families need paid family leave. The toolkit includes fact sheets, talking points, social media graphics, and a sample op-ed that can be used to drum up public support for paid family leave.   


Federal News

Vital Signs Report on Zika in Babies in US Territories, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a Vital Signs report titled, "Zika in Babies in US Territories." More than 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Republic of Marshall Islands, US Virgin Islands) had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016-2018. From these pregnancies, 1,450 babies were at least one year old and had some follow-up care reported for this analysis. About 1 in 7 (or 14%) of the 1,450 babies had one or more health problems possibly caused by Zika reported to the US Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry. Some of these problems were not apparent at birth and were identified as the babies grew older. The full range of long-term health problems caused by Zika will remain unknown until these babies mature.

New Ventures to Study Infants and Young Children through National Survey, from ODPHP

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has announced new efforts to study infants and young children through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The survey is designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations of about 5,000 nationally representative persons of all ages each year. New questions in the Diet and Behavior Questionnaire will be asked for all NHANES participants from birth-24 months for two NHANES cycles from 2019-2022 (4 years).  The new questions address a number of topics. The topic of "mixed feeding" will include questions on the consumption of human milk and/or infant formula, mixing milk and formula in the same bottle, as well as adding other components such as sweeteners or vitamin supplements. Questions will also ask if human milk is consumed directly from the mother or if the child uses bottles or cups for human milk and/or formula. A series of questions will also inquire about the time frame for the first introduction of food groups and subgroups.

Discussion on Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies During Emergencies, from CDC 

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, August 22, at 1 p.m. for "CDC EPIC: Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies During Public Health Emergencies." Pregnant women and babies may face greater challenges and be more severely affected during public health emergencies. Two CDC centers, the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will join the EPIC team to discuss how to reduce risks faced by pregnant women and babies during emergencies. This webinar will discuss how pregnant women, community leaders, and family members can reduce the risks pregnant women and babies may face during disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other emergencies. 

Feature on Infant Feeding in Emergencies, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a Feature titled, "Disaster Planning: Infant and Child Feeding." Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornados, can make it hard for parents and caregivers to feed their infants and young children safely. The feature includes information for parents and caregivers, emergency relief workers, and healthcare providers.

New Breastfeeding Data To Be Released Soon, from CDC

Later this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release the 2018 Breastfeeding Report Card. Visit the Breastfeeding Report Card webpage

Breastfeeding initiation rates continue to rise in the United States. An analysis of CDC's National Immunization Survey (NIS) data found that among babies born in 2015: 

  • Nationally, ever breastfeeding exceeded the HP2020 target of 81.9% and is now 83.2%.
  • Breastfeeding at 6 months increased 2.3 percentage points and is now 57.6%.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding through 3 months exceeded the HP2020 target of 46.2% and is now 46.9%.

Below are some social media messages that you can use throughout National Breastfeeding Month:

  • #Breastfeeding is the foundation of good health for babies. It benefits mothers, too. Celebrate #NBM18
  • DYK that 83% of babies start out breastfeeding? Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDC_BF_WhyItMatters #NBM18
  • Learn what CDC is doing to support and promote #breastfeeding! http://bit.ly/CDC_Supports_BF #NBM18
  • Every baby is unique. The first few weeks of #breastfeeding may be a learning process for mom and baby—but it gets easier w/ practice! Know what to expect. https://bit.ly/BFWhatToExpect #NBM18 

Member News

Survey for Breastfeeding and Parenting Group Leaders, from BMBFA

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association has released a survey for breastfeeding and parenting group leaders. BMBFA is working with JFM Consulting Group to update and improve their breastfeeding club information system. BMBFA aims to learn more about whether and how a registration/intake/reporting/data collection system could be helpful to breastfeeding and parenting group leaders. And if so, what leaders would like to know about participants in breastfeeding/parenting groups in their area. Feedback will help to improve how breastfeeding data is collected in order to improve programs overall. Participation in this survey is voluntary and responses are confidential. It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey. 

Webinar on Breastfeeding Training for Nurses, from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on August 23, at 3:00 pm ET for the "Improving Nurse Breastfeeding Knowledge with a Hands-On Learning Intervention" webinar. The webinar will discuss the results of a study created to evaluate the effectiveness of hands-on learning to improve nurse breastfeeding knowledge. The intervention was adapted from a WIC training platform that consisted of six participatory breastfeeding stations taught by nurse peers. Nurses completed a pretest assessment of breastfeeding knowledge before the training, and the same post test assessment after the training. Differences in pretest and post test scores differed significantly, reflecting an improvement in nurse breastfeeding knowledge. Attendees will be able to describe the efficacy of learners doing rather than just hearing and identify at least two new interactive teaching tools to utilize with staff for breastfeeding training purposes.      

Action Alert for the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act, from MomsRising

MomsRising has released an action tool titled, "We must stand up for pregnant immigrant moms!" The action tool calls on Senators to protect the health and safety of pregnant women in detention by supporting the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act.


Partner Updates

Issue Brief on Paid Leave as a Racial Justice Issue, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a new issue brief titled, "Paid Family and Medical Leave: A Racial Justice Issue - and Opportunity." The brief examines paid family and medical leave as a racial justice issue and outlines guidelines to help create racially equitable paid leave policies. The brief shows that racial disparities in access to wealth and wealth building are compounded by a lack of access to paid family and medical leave and that disparities in access to other economic supports make it more difficult for families of color to absorb the financial shock of a serious family or medical need. Race-based discrimination in employment persists, resulting in job insecurity and more barriers to economic security and advancement for people of color, which makes strong, secure paid family and medical leave especially important. 

State Playbook for Gender Equity, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has published "Seize the Moment: State Playbook for Gender Equity." The Playbook advances broad-based progressive agendas to remedy gender-based discrimination, ensure accountability, and provide key supports for women, girls, and their families. The resource equips state advocates and elected officials with five legislative agendas as well as fact sheets detailing the basic elements of policies that comprise the agendas. The Playbook calls for an economic agenda that centers working women and families, ensuring access to reproductive health care, and ending sexual harassment and discrimination at school, at work, and in health care. 


News From the Field

Call for Manuscripts about Lactation and the LGBTQIA+ Community, from JHL

The Journal of Human Lactation is soliciting manuscripts on topics surrounding lactation and the LGBTQIA+ community for their May 2019 issue. Any aspects of this topic are welcome including but not limited to induced lactation, chestfeeding, healthcare policies and practices, the availability of resources, and the impacts of bias or discrimination in care. Original research including literature reviews and case studies, Insights into Policy, and Insights into Practice are welcome. Please contact the Editor in Chief at jhleditorinchief@gmail.com. Manuscripts are due by Monday, October 15, 2018.

Study on Impact of Stressful Life Events on Breastfeeding Initiation, from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has published a study titled, "Prenatal Exposure to Stressful Life Events and Infant Breastfeeding." The study found that decreased odds of breastfeeding initiation were associated with prenatal exposure to four or more stressful life events, emotional stressors, and traumatic stressors. This study underscores the impact of exposure to prenatal stressful life events on breastfeeding initiation among postpartum women. Findings may assist providers in identifying at-risk women for anticipatory guidance to improve breastfeeding rates.  


Collective Impact Connection

Article on Different Approaches to Leadership, from Tamarack

Tamarack has published a paper titled, "Making Sense of the Multiple Faces of Leadership." The paper focuses on the similarities and differences between various approaches to leadership and which leadership approaches are best suited to help community changemakers achieve their desired impact. 

Webinar on Building Equity Through Long-Range Planning , from ChangeLab Solutions

Join ChangeLab Solutions on Tuesday, August 21, from 2-2:45 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through Comprehensive Long-Range Planning." The webinar will explore building health and equity into long-range plans by discussing: How place-based strategies are central to health equity; A framework categorizing the elements of healthy places; and How to organize long-range plans using health equity concepts. The webinar will feature Moses Gates of the Regional Plan Association, who will discuss how equity was integrated into the design and implementation of the Fourth Regional Plan, a roadmap to achieving greater equity, shared prosperity, better health, and sustainability throughout the New York metropolitan region.


News & Views

MSN Insider: "America Ferrera shared a selfie for World Breastfeeding Week — and fans are thanking her for the photo"   

Romper: "Trevor Noah Hilariously Called Out People Offended By Public Breastfeeding — VIDEO"

Above the Law: "Yes, You Can Be A Breastfeeding Mom And A Trial Attorney At The Same Time"

Our Milky Way: "Reflections on United States Breastfeeding Committee membership meeting and National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening"

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