Weekly Wire: October 24, 2019

Weekly Wire: October 24, 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​
    • Become a Monthly Donor and Receive the Limited Edition SUPPORT Sticker!
    • Save the Date: National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening
    • Submit News Items for USBC Promotion
  • International News
    • ​Report on Children's Nutrition, summarized from UNICEF
  • National News​
    • Article on Safe Infant Sleep Practices, summarized from Pediatrics
    • Congressional Hearing on Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act, summarized from Congress
    • Literature Review on Breastfeeding and Maternal Health, summarized from JAMA​
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Infographic on Social Determinants of Health, summarized from NIHCM
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Become a Monthly Donor and Receive the Limited Edition SUPPORT Sticker!

We've had a big year with advocacy here at the USBC, and we could not do it without our network of advocates like you! To show our thanks, we're sending all of our monthly donors one of our new, limited-edition SUPPORT stickers. With a recurring contribution of support as low as $5 a month, this special thank you gift will be on its way! Your gift helps fund our work to bring the voices of breastfeeding families to the halls of Congress as we continue our efforts together in creating a landscape of breastfeeding support for all families across the country!

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Save the Date: National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening

The USBC has announced that the Tenth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening will be hosted on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Details, including the call for presentation proposals and awards, are coming soon!

Submit News Items for USBC Promotion

Individuals and organizations are invited to share timely news, action opportunities, resources, and policy updates relevant to the breastfeeding field for USBC promotion. Submit items for consideration for the Weekly Wire and other communication platforms through the online submission form. For inclusion in the Weekly Wire, events must be free of charge and accessible to all interested individuals. Local upcoming events will be shared solely via social media. Advertisements, conferences, and conventions will not be included.

International News

Report on Children's Nutrition, summarized from UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund has published a report titled "The State of the World's Children 2019: Children, food, and nutrition." For the first time in 20 years, UNICEF's flagship report examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge. The report found that one third of children under age five are malnourished – stunted, wasted or overweight – while two thirds are at risk of malnutrition and hidden hunger because of the poor quality of their diets. Only 2 in 5 infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed, as recommended. Breastfeeding could save the lives of 820,000 children annually worldwide. In addition, the report notes that the use of breast milk substitutes is of concern. Sales of milk-based formula grew by 41 per cent globally and by 72 per cent in upper middle-income countries such as Brazil, China, and Turkey from 2008–2013. UNICEF has also published regional briefs that set out regional data, key messages, a case study, and policy recommendations.

National News

Article on Safe Infant Sleep Practices, summarized from Pediatrics

The journal Pediatrics has published a study titled "Prevalence and Factors Associated With Safe Infant Sleep Practices." The study found that safe infant sleep practices, especially those other than back sleep position, are suboptimal, with demographic and state-level differences indicating improvement opportunities. Mothers who reported currently breastfeeding had a higher prevalence of using the back sleep position (80.5% vs 75.2%) and no soft bedding (46.8% vs 37.5%) than mothers not breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding mothers had a lower prevalence of room-sharing without bed-sharing (53.3% vs 61.3%). Receipt of provider advice is an important modifiable factor to improve infant sleep practices. 

Congressional Hearing on Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act, summarized from Congress

The House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services has held a hearing titled "Long Over Due: Exploring the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act (H.R. 2694)." The hearing examined the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act, a bill modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act which would require employers to make reasonable accommodations, such as a minor job modification, that would allow pregnant workers to continue working and prevent them from being forced out on leave or out of their jobs. The bill also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including lactation. The hearing also addressed the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act and state laws that provide pregnancy accommodations. View the recording. Partner highlights included:

Literature Review on Breastfeeding and Maternal Health, summarized from JAMA

JAMA Network Open has published a research review titled "Association of Maternal Lactation With Diabetes and Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." Breastfeeding for more than 12 months was associated with a relative risk reduction of 30% for diabetes and a relative risk reduction of 13% for hypertension. The study suggests that education about the benefits of breastfeeding for prevention of diabetes and hypertension in women is a low-risk intervention that can be easily included in daily practice and may have a positive impact on cardiovascular outcomes in mothers.

Collective Impact Connection

Infographic on Social Determinants of Health, summarized from NIHCM

The National Institute for Health Care Management has published an infographic titled "Addressing Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Community Health & Reduce Costs." The infographic offers an overview of the social determinants of health, their implications for health outcomes and costs, and solutions to address unmet needs.

News & Views

Cradle Cincinnati blog: "Breastfeeding and Improving Safe Sleep Outcomes: A National Initiative"

Federal Times: "Feds call for family leave guarantee in 2020 budget"

Government Executive: "Advocates: Congress 'Very Close' to Passing Paid Family Leave for Feds"

KCRG: "University of Iowa using $10 million state grant to address maternal healthcare crisis"

Marie Claire: "Everything You Need to Know About Paid Family Leave"

Motherly: "These celebrity dads are major advocates for taking paternity leave 👏"

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast: "Gidget's Story: A New Jersey Nurse Gives Thanks Through Milk Donation"

NPR: "PHOTOS: Why Lynsey Addario Has Spent 10 Years Covering Maternal Mortality"

Yale School of Medicine blog: "YSPH Professor Elected to National Academy of Medicine"

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