The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC's mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.
In this Issue:
- USBC Updates
- Show Your Love in February
- Welcome Congress Week Begins Monday
- Membership Transformation Webinar
- Breastfeeding Worker Discrimination Webinar
- Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities at NBCC
- New Look, Same Great Content
- Federal News
- Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Passes House, summarized from Congress
- FAMILY Act Introduced in House and Senate, summarized from Congress
- Breastfeeding Support Resources Available in Spanish, summarized from USDA/FNS
- Member News
- Infant Feeding in Emergencies Initiative Launched, summarized from CGBI
- Ready, Set, BABY Resource Now Available in New Languages, summarized from CGBI
- Infant-Toddler Policy Resource Compilation, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
- Application to Participate in Strolling Thunder Event, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
- Partner News
- Paid Sick Time and Non-Standard Workers Brief, summarized from ABB
- State & Community News
- Hospital Breastfeeding Data Report, summarized from California
- Collective Impact Connection
- Power and Leadership Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
- Cross-Sector Collaboration Webinar, summarized from Region IV PHTC
- Equity Elements
- Comment Period Open on Proposed SNAP Rule, summarized from FNS
- Culture of Health Leaders Call for Applications, from RWJF
- News & Views
Show Your Love in February
February is a great time to show your commitment to supporting breastfeeding families for the long haul. With your monthly donation of any amount, you can help ensure the USBC's organizational capacity and sustainability all year long. Your gift will automatically repeat once a month and you can modify or cancel your donation at any time. Please join us! As we look ahead in 2019, we are already busy planning for the June NBCC, next week's "Welcome Congress Week" of virtual and in-person activities, and we're monitoring and responding to legislation that impacts breastfeeding families like the recently introduced Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. We hope you'll be engaged with and inspired by our efforts in support of breastfeeding.
Welcome Congress Week Begins Monday
Join USBC for a week of virtual action! Next week is our very first Welcome Congress Week. We're here to help breastfeeding advocates like you welcome your Senators and Representatives, educate them about their role in supporting breastfeeding, and highlight the specific policy priorities that we want them to support. To stay involved in Welcome Congress Week, watch for daily emails, join the Facebook Event, and follow #BreastfeedingFriendlyCongress on Twitter to receive updates on easy ways that you can take action for Welcome Congress Week.
Membership Transformation Webinar
Join USBC on Wednesday, February 27, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Special Webinar: USBC Membership Transformation." In April 2018, USBC's membership approved bylaw amendments by a 2/3 majority vote, expanding membership categories to include State, Territorial, Tribal, Local and Cultural (STLTC) coalitions, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). USBC's Membership Relations & Operations Manager, Denae Schmidt, will discuss USBC's new membership categories, components of the membership application, and benefits of membership. There will also be time for questions from attendees. Learn more about USBC's new membership categories.
Webinar on Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers
USBC has released the archived recording of this week's webinar, "Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers." The webinar was part of the CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinar series. Speakers from the Center for WorkLife Law explored the challenges breastfeeding workers face, including lack of accommodations, sexual harassment, job loss, and early weaning. The presentation covered the current state of workplace breastfeeding laws, highlighting where legal protections fall short. They also shared public policy solutions that can be implemented not only at the federal level, but also by states and local governments, and answered questions from attendees.
Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities at NBCC
The USBC is pleased to present the Sponsorship, Advertising & Exhibit Opportunities for the Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC), June 14 & 15, 2019. We are looking forward to being back in the DC Metropolitan area, and very excited to host our first-ever event in June! We hope you'll consider supporting the Conference via one of our many marketing opportunities. On site marketing opportunities begin the evening of Thursday, June 13 with a "Welcome Exhibits Dessert Reception" the Exhibit area, and continue through mid-day Saturday, June 15. We're offering Sponsorships at a variety of price points for things like:
- Family and Friendly Spaces: Childcare Room, Lactation Lounge, Identity Caucus Rooms
- Comfort items: Water Bottles, Wellness Kit
- Event Specific Items: Program Book, Conference App, Attendee Bags
- Special Events: Desserts Reception, Table Topic Luncheon, Story Sharing Evening
In addition to sponsorship opportunities, the NBCC will also have an exhibit hall located in the foyer outside the ballroom, with dedicated refreshment breaks.
New Look, Same Great Content
We have a new design for Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire. The Wire will continue to include the news and action opportunities from the First Food field you can use and content you rely on but in an easier to read and more mobile friendly package.
Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Passes House, summarized from Congress
The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 866), introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), has passed the House by voice vote. The bill would require that certain public buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by members of the public to express milk. The lactation room must be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and (if the building is supplied with electricity) an electrical outlet. Although there is not yet a Senate sponsor of the bill, the House version has been received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
FAMILY Act Introduced in House and Senate, summarized from Congress
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have reintroduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) Act (S. 463/H.R. 1185). The FAMILY Act would ensure that workers can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a pregnancy, the birth or adoption of a child, to recover from a serious illness, or to care for a seriously ill family member. The House bill was introduced with 163 original cosponsors and the Senate bill was introduced with 34 original cosponsors. Member and partner highlights include:
- A Better Balance Statement: "26 Years Since the FMLA"
- Ms. Magazine Blog: "The U.S. Has Never Needed Paid Family and Medical Leave More"
- MomsRising: "Moms and Families Can't Wait! America Needs Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave -- the FAMILY Act -- Now"
- National Partnership for Women & Families Statement: "As FMLA Turns 26, America's Families Will Not Accept Anything Less Than Real Paid Leave"
- NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Blog: "In Order to Call Itself Family-Friendly, the U.S. Must Examine its Workplaces"
- Senator Gillibrand Press Release: "As Momentum Continues To Grow For Congress To Take Action On Paid Family Leave, Gillibrand, DeLauro Stand With Workers, Business Leaders And Advocates To Reintroduce The Family Act To Give Every American Worker Access To Paid Family And Medical Leave"
- State Innovation Exchange Blog: "States Are Fighting for Families by Advancing Paid Leave, Building Momentum Toward a National Policy"
- The Century Foundation Commentary: "Let's Expand Paid Leave Following Second 'Year of the Woman'"
Breastfeeding Support Resources Available in Spanish, summarized from USDA/FNS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has published the Spanish version of their Breastfeeding Babies Welcome Here resource kit titled, "¡Bebés Lactados son Bienvenidos Aquí!." Child and Adult Care Food Program operators can use the kit to inform families that breastfeeding is welcome at their child care site. The kit includes a mother's guide, 11"x17" poster, and a message graphic.
Infant Feeding in Emergencies Initiative Launched, summarized from CGBI
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has launched the "Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) Support Initiative." The goal of the L.I.F.E. Support Initiative is to provide resources, training, and technical assistance for preparedness and response to organizations in the U.S. that deploy relief workers and volunteers during emergencies. The initiative also aims to promote health equity in disasters and emergencies through partnerships with community-based organizations seeking to remove barriers to skilled support during pregnancy, birthing, and infant feeding in emergencies.
Ready, Set, BABY Resource Now Available in New Languages, summarized from CGBI
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has published the latest version of the "Ready, Set, BABY" patient booklet. The resource is now available for download in English, Spanish, Arabic, and African Continent French. Ready, Set, BABY is a tool used for prenatal counseling on breastfeeding and optimal maternity care practices.
Infant-Toddler Policy Resource Compilation, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) have released a collaborative policy resources project titled "Building Strong Foundations: Advancing Comprehensive Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families." The project promotes federal and state policies that comprehensively address the well-being of infants, toddlers, and families. It is guided by a policy framework comprised of four principles describing the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families based on a large body of developmental research.
Application to Participate in Strolling Thunder Event, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
Join ZERO TO THREE on Tuesday, April 30, for Strolling Thunder, an event to bring national attention to what babies and families need to thrive. ZERO TO THREE plans to bring a parent/guardian and their children under the age of 3 from every state and the District of Columbia to Washington, DC to educate Members of Congress about why they must invest in the first three years of a child's life. Apply to represent your state via an online form. Submissions must be received by Monday, February 18.
Paid Sick Time and Non-Standard Workers Brief, summarized from ABB
A Better Balance has published a policy brief titled "Inclusive Paid Sick Time Laws & the Nonstandard Workforce" as part of their "Constructing 21st Century Rights for A Changing Workforce" series. The publication looks at how paid sick time laws can effectively cover non-standard workers, including part-time workers, seasonal workers, temporary workers, and domestic workers, as well as questions and opportunities in covering the self-employed. ABB has also re-issued two prior briefs which addressed how paid family and medical leave laws can cover non-standard workers, to include updated information for 2019. The first brief considers how paid family and medical leave laws can cover self-employed workers like freelancers and independent contractors, while the second brief focuses on how paid family and medical leave laws can effectively cover non-standard employees, including part-time workers, seasonal workers, temporary workers, and domestic workers.
State & Community News
Hospital Breastfeeding Data Report, summarized from California
The California WIC Association, along with partners at UC Davis Human Lactation Center and California Breastfeeding Coalition, has released "Sustaining Change In Challenging Times: California Needs Innovative Breastfeeding Strategies." The report shows county-by-county breakdowns of in-hospital breastfeeding rates as well as in-hospital breastfeeding rates by race/ethnicity.
Collective Impact Connection
Power and Leadership Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
Join Tamarack Institute on Monday, February 25, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Power, Leadership, and Community Change: Common Ground or Crisis?". Panelists will discuss the history of community change efforts and the increasing need for influential champions (grass tops) and community stakeholders (grass roots) to work together to build communities which include all voices. The webinar will explore the coming together of elite power and community power to create the nexus for effective and impactful community change.
Cross-Sector Collaboration Webinar, summarized from Region IV PHTC
Join the Region IV Public Health Training Center on Monday, February 25, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Cross-Sector Collaboration - Easy to Say, Challenging to Do: An Introduction to PHRASES." Speakers will discuss the Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES) Toolkit. The PHRASES Toolkit has been designed to provide evidence-based framing tools and resources to help public health professionals communicate and collaborate more effectively with other sectors. Participants will learn how public health practitioners can be better equipped to successfully advance partnerships with hospitals, housing, education, and the business sectors.
Comment Period Open on Proposed SNAP Rule, summarized from FNS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has released a proposed rule titled "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents." The Department proposes to amend the regulatory standards by which the Department evaluates State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agency requests to waive the time limit and to end the unlimited carryover of able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) percentage exemptions. The proposed rule would encourage broader application of the statutory ABAWD work requirement, consistent with the Administration's focus on fostering self-sufficiency. The Department seeks comments from the public on the proposed regulations. The public comment period is open until Tuesday, April 2. Several partner organizations have issued action tools and template comments:
- Center for American Progress Action Tool: "Don't Let Trump Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families"
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Template Comments: "Model template for commenting on proposed SNAP rule"
- Coalition on Human Needs Template Comments: "Tell the Administration It's Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families"
- Food Research & Action Center Action Tool: "Food for the Hungry Shouldn't have a Time Limit"
Culture of Health Leaders Call for Applications, from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the Culture of Health Leaders 2019 Call for Applications. The Culture of Health Leaders three-year program will develop a large group of leaders from diverse sectors (e.g., for-profit/business, government, nonprofit, social enterprise) to work with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. RWJF welcomes applications from individuals who are highly motivated and ready to lead and collaborate within and across sectors. The program will select up to 40 leaders for the 2019 cohort. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, February 20.
News & Views
Voices for Human Needs blog: "PUERTO RICO: A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY
CambridgeCore blog: "Policy could be the key to meeting breastfeeding goals"