Weekly Wire: June 28, 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
- National Breastfeeding Month Theme Announcement
- Shop the "Support Changes Everything" CafePress store for NBM
- LGBTQIA+ Resources and Pride Month
- WW Hiatus Next Week
- Welcome New USBC Members: North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition & Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition
- Special Section on Separations at the Border
- National News
- Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Passes Senate, summarized from Congress
- mPINC Survey deadline extension until July 15, summarized from CDC
- Federal Appropriations for WIC and WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, summarized from Congress
- Sign on Letter Urging Congress to Lift Budget Caps summarized from CHN
- Public Health Funding Restoration Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Bill to Create Consistency for Traveling Parents, summarized from Congress
- Bill to Require Lactation Spaces in Small Airports, summarized from Congress
- Creating Breastfeeding Support Systems Webinar Recording, summarized from IABLE
- WIC Hub Resource Launched, summarized from NWA
- Updated Resource on Breastfeeding Benefits, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
- State/Community News
- Funding Awarded to Expand CHAMPS Program, summarized from CHEER
- California American Indian/Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Health Report, summarized from CDPH
- Equity Lens
- Kids Count Data Book, summarized from AECF
- Implicit Bias Resource Guide, summarized from NICHQ
- Health Equity Webinar Recording, summarized from NICHQ
- Policy Priorities for Women's Economic Opportunities, summarized from IWPR
- Cultural Competency E-Learning Program, summarized from OMH
- News & Views
**denotes a USBC member organization news item
National Breastfeeding Month Theme
The USBC is thrilled to announce that the theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2019 is "Support Changes Everything." There are four sub-themes focusing on the following:
- Week 1: Empowered Parents & Partners
- Week 2: Investing in our Future
- Week 3: Workplace & Work life (or school life)
- Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week. The theme of Black Breastfeeding Week is "The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate"
Support the USBC While You Shop for NBM
We've heard great feedback about our new line of "Support Changes Everything" t-shirts, hoodies and other products! They are an excellent addition to National Breastfeeding Month activities, and if you shop now, your custom items will arrive in plenty of time. USBC receives a small percentage of the price you pay, so your purchase also supports the USBC. Explore the USBC CafePress Store.
Pride Month Resources Webpage
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled "LGBTQIA+ Resources and Pride Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the field. Please send additional resources to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Wire Hiatus Next Week
Welcome New USBC Members: North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition & Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition
The mission of the North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition (NDBC) is to build a healthy North Dakota through leadership and by working collaboratively with communities to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. NDBC was initially formed through a 2002 Governor's "Create a Healthy North Dakota" initiative. NDBC’s goal is an 82 percent breastfeeding initiation rate, a 61 percent continuation rate at 6 months, and a 34 percent rate at one year by the year 2020. Two of the NDBC’s objectives are to build state and local capacity to implement the state plan and to develop strategic partnerships to implement the state plan. NDBC is working to establish North Dakota Breastfeeding Committee operational guidelines, provide training opportunities at state and local levels, and identifying potential resources and partners. They envision breastfeeding as the norm for feeding infants and young children throughout North Dakota. Learn more about their work here!
Formed in 2011, the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition (TCBC) mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Tarrant County, Texas. Their membership represents hospitals, WIC, Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, community breastfeeding groups, private practice lactation consultants, and area businesses who share their mission. The TCBC is actively involved in a range of community-based efforts including working with the local infant/maternal mortality network, the human milk banking organization, WIC offices, local hospital events and health fairs, and their signature Family Expo and Big Latch on event. In response to low breastfeeding duration rates and high infant and maternal mortality rates within the African American community of Fort Worth, TCBC has established the African American Breastfeeding Task Force. This group of dedicated volunteers participates in the coalition's Steering Committee to ensure projects are designed, approved and implemented with equity and inclusion. Learn more about their work here!
From its inception in 2010, the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition (WBC) envisions breastfeeding as the norm for infant and early childhood feeding, with a committed mission to improve the health of Wisconsin by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. In April 2016, WBC board members started a strategic planning process to determine WBC’s role in supporting breastfeeding in Wisconsin and to better articulate the coalition's work moving forward. Since that time, the WBC has participated in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute's Community Teams Program. To assist them in this process, they revised their coalition committee structures and have started to enhance partnerships with other state-level organizations. The WBC hosts an Annual Summit to support local breastfeeding coalitions and champions, facilitates networking opportunities for local communities, and provides technical assistance and support to local breastfeeding coalitions. WBC board members attend trainings and conferences on equity, and WBC includes equity language in their by-laws and guiding principles. Learn more about their work here!
Special Section on Separations at the Border
Over the past few weeks, national news outlets have highlighted the inhumane and dangerous conditions faced by the hundreds of infants and children detained at border control stations. The separation and detention of children and families at the border has escalated and continued since the was announced in April 2018. The USBC's Statement on Unlawful Separation of Children and Families at the Border affirms our strong stance on the need for nations to preserve dignity through humane treatment of vulnerable children and families.
Additional information and resources on the conditions at the border and detention centers include:
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Coalition on Human Needs
- Action Tool: "Reunite Every Child"
- National Public Radio
- National WIC Association
- Weekly WIC Policy Update: "New Reporting Spotlights Inhumane Conditions of Migrant Children in Detention"
- New York Times
- Opinion Editorial: "Children Shouldn't Be Dying at the Border. Here’s How You Can Help."
Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Passes Senate, summarized from Congress
The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (S. 528) has been passed unanimously by the Senate! Since the bill has already passed in the House, it now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act 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.
USBC Insight: USBC and breastfeeding advocates have supported this bill in several ways. USBC delivered a joint letter signed by 81 organizations urging action in support of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act to the offices of Senator Barrasso and Senator Carper, the ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Earlier this month, breastfeeding advocates at USBC's Advocacy Day continued to raise awareness about this bill by delivering materials about the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act to their Members of Congress. USBC supporters have continuously amplified this message, sending 1,019 messages to Senators urging action and support for this simple policy solution. We celebrate all these actions as part of this win for breastfeeding families!
*Deadline Extended: 2018 mPINC Survey Closing Date Extended until July 15, summarized from CDC
Do Not Delay – Submit the mPINC survey today! The deadline to submit the CDC's 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has been extended to Monday, July 15th at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Only hospitals with complete data will receive a hospital-specific Benchmark Report. If you were contacted to complete the survey and do not believe you have received it yet, please remember to look for an e-mail from CDCMPINCSURVEY@battelle.org. Please check your junk e-mail folder, too. Please share this information with your partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage them to participate in the survey.
Federal Appropriations for WIC and WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, summarized from Congress
The House has passed a package of five fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills that fund federal departments including Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020 (FY 2020). Completing work on nine out the 12 annual appropriations bills in their Chamber, H.R. 3055, provides $6 billion in overall funding for the WIC program, a slight decrease of $75 million from FY 2019 levels. This funding level should be sufficient to serve all eligible participants throughout the next fiscal year. For the first time, the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program has been fully funded at the authorized amount of $90 million, an increase of $30 million from FY 2019 levels. The bill includes language blocking USDA’s proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the National Capital Region. The bill also includes $6.3 billion for the Indian Health Service, an increase of $537 million above the 2019 enacted level and $431 million above the President’s budget request. See the division-by-division summary of H.R. 3055. See the amendments to each division of the bill.
USBC Insight: Individuals from across the nation urged their Members of Congress to support funding for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program as part of the USBC Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 12. Thank you to everyone who raised their voice on this important issue!
Sign On Letter Urging Congress to Lift Budget Caps, summarized from CHN
The Coalition on Human Needs has sent a letter signed by 256 organizations, including the USBC, urging Congress to lift budget caps for Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021. The House has agreed on a FY 2020 cap for appropriations of $631 billion for programs other than defense, and placed additional funds for programs including the 2020 Census outside the budget cap. The letter calls upon Congress to set domestic and international spending for FY 2020 at levels no less than the House totals. Congress has until September to pass final appropriations. If current budget law is not changed, domestic programs will face cuts of about 10 percent in the fiscal year that begins October 1. Read and sign on to the letter.
Public Health Funding Restoration Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA-06) have introduced the Public Health Funding Restoration Act. Introduced with bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, the legislation would authorize and appropriate $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 and each subsequent fiscal year to fully restore the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, funding for the PPHF was supposed to increase over time and reach $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2015. However, the PPHF has been repeatedly cut in lieu of other legislative priorities, and has never reached the $2 billion funding level. Read the press release.
USBC Insight: Since 2012, PPHF funds have been allocated each year to CDC Breastfeeding programs. Appropriations for breastfeeding help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. Trust for America's Health coordinated a joint letter signed by 180 organizations, including the USBC, thanking Members of Congress for introducing this important legislation.
Bill to Create Consistency for Traveling Parents, summarized from Congress
Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-4) and Van Taylor (TX-3) have introduced the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (H.R. 3246). The bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a review of the Transportation Security Administration's implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act, as well as the effectiveness of TSA in ensuring screening protocol clarity and screening consistency relating to the screening of formula, breast milk, purified deionized water for infants, and juice.
Bill to Require Lactation Spaces in Small Airports, summarized from Congress
Representative Carol Miller (WV-3) has introduced the Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019 (H.R. 3362). The bill amends last year's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill to require small hub airports to comply with the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act and provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. The bill also amends FAA reauthorization to require airports to provide a baby changing table in at least one men's and at least one women's restroom in each passenger terminal building, up from one.
USBC Insight: A growing number of airports have designated lactation spaces, yet many lactating people still end up expressing milk in restrooms or on airport floors. Travelers rarely have control over how long they are in transit, making accessible accommodations within airports a critical priority. USBC has been heartened to see the implementation of the FAM Act in large and medium hub airports and would look forward to expanding similar requirements to small airports. This expansion supports, promotes, and protects breastfeeding in rural areas, further contributing to national public health goals. USBC has drafted a sign-on letter in support of H.R. 3362. Organizations can sign on using our online form.
*Creating Breastfeeding Support Systems Webinar Recording, summarized from IABLE
The Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education has published the recording of their first webinar in the series "Creating Breastfeeding Knowledgeable and Supportive Outpatient Healthcare Systems." Speakers shared their knowledge and experiences in engaging leaders to develop strategies of breastfeeding support within medical systems.
*WIC Hub Resource Launched, summarized from NWA
The National WIC Association has launched the WIC Hub, a central website that includes WIC resources for staff, researchers, and advocates in a variety of formats, including advocacy tools, program materials, and journal articles. Development of the WIC Hub was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
*Updated Resource on Breastfeeding Benefits, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
The Health Resources and & Services Administration (HRSA)'s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has published an updated webpage titled "Understanding Breastfeeding Benefits." The webpage highlights the benefits of breastfeeding for children, women and society. It also connects users to HRSA initiatives that support pregnant and lactating women and other federal resources with key information about breastfeeding.
*Funding Awarded to Expand CHAMPS Program, summarized from CHEER
The Center for Health Equity, Education, & Research has announced that Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS), a program that seeks to improve maternal and child health outcomes through the promotion of breastfeeding and Baby-Friendly practices, has received a grant from the Bower Foundation to work with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to develop a Breastfeeding Inter Professional Education module for UMMC schools, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, population health, health-related professions and graduate studies. Under the project UMMC faculty from each discipline will act as content experts from their schools, while CHAMPS will be responsible for providing breastfeeding expertise and creating real-life scenarios, such as a prenatal clinic appointment, an in-hospital breastfeeding assessment, and a postpartum breastfeeding support group.
California American Indian/Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Health Report, summarized from CDPH
The California Department of Public Health has published a report titled "California American Indian / Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Health Status Report." The report provides a comprehensive overview of the health and well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) mothers and babies, including key findings about breastfeeding rates and disparities in birth outcomes for California's AIAN community.
Kids Count Data Book, summarized from AECF
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published the "2019 Kids Count Data Book." The Kids Count Data Book uses economic, education, health, family, and community indicators to rank states based on overall child well-being and to identify racial and ethnic disparities.
Implicit Bias Resource Guide, summarized from NICHQ
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published their "Implicit Bias Resource Guide." The publication includes steps that individuals can take to minimize implicit bias and Q&A with health experts on how to recognize and address implicit bias.
Health Equity Webinar Recording, summarized from NICHQ
Policy Priorities for Women's Economic Opportunities, summarized from IWPR
The Institute for Women's Policy Research has published a fact sheet titled "A Woman-Centered Economic Agenda: 8 Policies that Boost the Economy and Work for Everyone." The publication outlines eight key policy priorities that are critical for increasing women's economic opportunities and futures, including equal pay, paid family leave, paid sick time, and child care.
Cultural Competency E-Learning Program, summarized from OMH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health has announced a free and accredited e-learning program titled "Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals." The program is designed to develop behavioral health providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
News & Views
*Vital Village Network's Boston Breastfeeding Coalition: "Queer Inclusive Support"
*HealthConnect One: "Birth Detroit and Detroit Pop-Up Midwifery Clinic"
Aeroflow Breastpumps blog: "Breastfeeding and Pumping in Public: A Scorecard"
National Equity Project blog: "Don't Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism"