Weekly Wire: April 5, 2019
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
- Webinar on Community Partnership and Continuity of Care
- Federal Appropriations and Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Sign-On Letters Delivered!
- Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Action Tool
- Welcome New USBC Members: Precious Jewels Moms Ministries, and Centro Pediátrico de Lactancia y Crianza
- Special Section on National Public Health Week
- NPHW Webpage and Action Tool, from APHA
- Message on National Public Health Week, from ASTHO
- National Public Health Week Resolution Introduced, from Congress
- Federal News
- Breast Milk Storage and Preparation Guidelines, summarized from CDC
- Members News
- Donor Milk Drive Toolkit, summarized from AAP
- Case Studies on Breastfeeding Support Efforts, summarized from ASTHO
- C-Section Storytelling Booklet, summarized from MomsRising
- News from the Field
- Letter Regarding Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, summarized from ABA
- Equity Elements
- Gender Wage Gap Resources, summarized from NPWF
- News & Views
Webinar on Community Partnership and Continuity of Care
Join USBC and the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition on Tuesday, April 9, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the next installment of the CDC-USBC Bimonthly Webinar series, "Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition Facilitates Hospital and WIC Community Partnership." The webinar will explore how this small group project grew with the help of the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition to include a diverse rural and urban geographic area of the state of Idaho. The project facilitated a partnership of a health system of eight hospitals and community WIC peer counseling programs from three Health Districts to improve breastfeeding support transitions from hospital to community.
Federal Appropriations and Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Sign-On Letters Delivered!
USBC has delivered a joint letter urging that at least $13 million be directed in Fiscal Year 2020 for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Hospital & Continuity of Care Breastfeeding Support program. The letter was delivered to the offices of the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies. It was signed by 45 international, national, and tribal organizations and 54 regional, state, and local organizations. In addition, USBC has delivered a joint letter urging action in support of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. The letter was delivered to the offices of Senator Barrasso and Senator Carper, the ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. It was signed by 48 international, national, and tribal organizations and 38 regional, state, and local organizations. Thank you to all our partners who signed on!
Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Action Tool
USBC has launched an easy action tool titled "Ask Congress to Support the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 866/S. 528)." The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, passed in February by voice vote in the House, would require that certain public buildings that contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public. The bill has been introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Help us mobilize support to get the bill out of Committee and through the Senate by contacting your Senators today!
Welcome New USBC Members: Precious Jewels Moms Ministries, and Centro Pediátrico de Lactancia y Crianza
The Precious Jewels Moms Ministries is a new Affiliate Nonprofit Member of the USBC, whose mission is to "globally equip, empower, exhort women through teaching, preaching, and training on biblical principles to become Christ embodied wives and mothers." This Chicago-based organization was founded in 2013 and provides direct services to moms in the Chicago Lawn community by hosting a breastfeeding drop-in clinic, which is free to low-income and WIC moms; hosting breastfeeding support groups'; and providing weekly inpatient hospital rounds. Precious Jewels Moms Ministries is also working to address disparities in breastfeeding by training breastfeeding peer counselors of color. Learn more about their work here!
The Centro Pediátrico de Lactancia y Crianza is a new Associate Nonprofit Member of the USBC with the mission to increase the number of breastfed babies in Puerto Rico to increase health and quality of life. Their rich history began in 1995 at the Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital with a breastfeeding support program and a clinic called PROYECTO LACTA. Since its inception, the organization has collaborated with the Puerto Rico Health Department in multiple breastfeeding health projects, hosted two "Mother-Baby" summits, and collaborated with local chapter of ACOG and AAP on the "Water for Milk" initiative in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Learn more about their work here!
Special Section on National Public Health Week
- American Public Health Association:
- APHA, a USBC member organization, has published a webpage highlighting the daily themes of NPHW, shareable social media graphics, and virtual events.
- APHA has released an online action tool titled "Speak for health: support public health funding in FY 2020." Individuals are invited to contact their members of Congress and urge them to prioritize public health funding in Fiscal Year 2020.
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: ASTHO has issued a press release highlighting National Public Health Week and the 2019 ASTHO President's Challenge, "Building Healthy and Resilient Communities."
- Congress: Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Senator Tom Udall (NM) have introduced a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week.
- Press Release: "Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution"
- Press Release: "Rep. Roybal-Allard Co-Leads Introduction of National Public Health Week Resolution"
Breast Milk Storage and Preparation Guidelines, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their webpage on recommended storage and preparation techniques for breast milk in home settings. This includes a table with storage guidelines, tips for safe storage, a one-page downloadable handout, and a magnet design template that can be printed through a printing service.
Donor Milk Drive Toolkit, summarized from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding Leadership Team has published a resource titled "Donor Milk Drive Toolkit: Steps to Organize a Milk Drive at a Conference." The toolkit includes steps to guide conference staff and event coordinators through a milk drive planning and organizing process. This resource reflects best practices developed since partnering and organizing donor milk drives – with the goal of making hosting duties easier.
Case Studies on Breastfeeding Support Efforts, summarized from ASTHO
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has published two case studies on state-level breastfeeding programs. "Arkansas Promotes Breastfeeding Through Public and Private Partnerships" details how the Arkansas Department of Health provided access to a dedicated lactation area at a major public event. "Illinois Women's Prison Promotes Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health" highlights how over the past decade, the Decatur Correctional Center, a women's prison in Illinois, has implemented an innovative program to keep mothers and their infants together. Through education and support, women in the Moms and Babies program develop parenting skills and bond with their infants, including through breastfeeding.
C-Section Storytelling Booklet, summarized from MomsRising
MomsRising has released a storytelling project titled "C-Section Chronicles." The booklet shares MomsRising's members' experiences with cesarean births and the impact it had on them, sorted by state. The booklet highlights the impact of cesarean birth on breastfeeding.
News from the Field
Letter Regarding Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, summarized from ABA
The American Bar Association has delivered a letter to Senator Steve Daines regarding the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. The letter thanks Senator Daines for introducing the bill in the Senate and highlights that the bill would require courthouses, designated under covered public buildings, to contain a lactation room available to members of the public. The letter urges that all courthouses, without exception, maintain a private, separate lactation room, equipped with chair, table, and electrical outlet for use by lactating employees and members of the public.
Gender Wage Gap Resources, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a set of updated resources about the gender wage gap in honor of Equal Pay Day, held on Tuesday, April 2. The resources highlight the gaps between the pay of women and men, emphasizing that gaps are largest for many women of color; the harm those gaps cause to individuals and families; and point to the set of public policy solutions that are needed to close the gap, including paid sick days and paid family and medical leave. The resources include an interactive map of the United States that features information about each state broken down by race and ethnicity, and the following fact sheets:
- America's Women and the Wage Gap
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Women and the Wage Gap
- Beyond Wages: Effects of the Latina Wage Gap (with UnidosUS, updated in November 2018)
- Black Women and the Wage Gap
- Paid Leave Will Help Close the Gender Wage Gap
- Quantifying America's Gender Wage Gap by Race/Ethnicity
- Sexual Harassment and the Gender Wage Gap
News & Views
American Academy of Family Physicians: "AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA"
Department of Labor blog: "Women's History Month: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Envisioning the Future"
NICHQ Insights: "Historic Trauma is Affecting Tomorrow's Children"
U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission: "A Message from Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic: Women's History Month, March 2019"