Weekly Wire: November 21, 2019

Weekly Wire: November 21, 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​
    • Support the USBC this Giving Tuesday!
    • USBC Staff Transitions
    • No Racial Equity Webinar Next Week
    • Weekly Wire Hiatus & USBC Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
  • National News​
    • Continuing Resolution Passes House, summarized from Congress
    • Article on BFHI Implementation and SUID, summarized from Journal of Pediatrics
    • Free Access Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
    • Safe Sleep Resources, summarized from NICHQ
    • Call for Manuscripts, summarized from JHL
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Community Systems Framework Article, summarized from SSIR
  • News & Views

* denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Support the USBC this Giving Tuesday!

On Tuesday, December 3, nonprofits across the nation will be celebrating Giving Tuesday, a day to come together in support of the causes you care about. Show your support for the USBC's mission this Giving Tuesday by making a donation or become a #GivingTuesday ambassador to help the USBC reach our goal of $6,000! Your support will help us bring the voices and priorities of breastfeeding families to the halls of Congress.

USBC Staff Transitions

The USBC would like to express our sincere gratitude for the work and service of Kinkini Banerjee and Adilene Robinson as they embark on their next endeavors.

Kinkini provided exceptional service to the USBC for seven years. She led significant expansion of the USBC's capacity building portfolio and was a pivotal driver of the USBC's equity journey. Affirming the interconnectedness of our vast network, she was instrumental in the deepening of meaningful and collaborative partnerships with state, tribal, territorial, local and cultural coalitions; national organizations; governmental agencies; and community-based organizations. Kinkini's leadership in designing and implementing high-quality capacity building assistance, hosting our signature National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening, and representing the USBC in vital national partnerships demonstrates her significance to the organization and the field. She will be missed and we wish her the best in her new endeavor on the team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Adilene has been with the USBC for two years, providing support through the recent membership transformation and expansion. Her warm presence and radiant smile will be missed, and we wish her the best as she starts her new life in Switzerland with her beloved.

This is the last week for both Kinkini and Adilene with the USBC. Please direct any coalitions and capacity building questions to coalitions@usbreastfeeding.org and direct membership-related questions to membership@usbreastfeeding.org.

During this time of transition, the USBC is also pleased to welcome Alejandra Álvarez to the staff team. Alejandra will serve as Operations Assistant and will begin at USBC next week.

No Racial Equity Webinar Next Week

There will be no racial equity webinar next week. In lieu of a live presentation, explore one of the many options from USBC's Native American Heritage Month resources. The next USBC Racial Equity webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28.

Weekly Wire Hiatus & USBC Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus next week, and USBC offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. We look forward to connecting with you in December!

National News

Continuing Resolution Passes House, summarized from Congress

The House of Representatives has passed H.R.3055 - Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019. This bill provides continuing appropriations to federal agencies through Friday, December 20. It is known as a continuing resolution (CR) and prevents a government shutdown that would otherwise occur when the current FY2019 funding expires November 21 (today), if the 12 regular appropriations bills that fund the federal government for FY2020 have not been enacted. The Senate is expected to vote on the CR today. Learn more about the status of appropriations bills with the Congressional Research Service "Appropriations Status Table: FY2020." Read the press release

Article on BFHI Implementation and SUID, summarized from Journal of Pediatrics

The Journal of Pediatrics has published an article titled "Trends in Breastfeeding Interventions, Skin-to-Skin Care, and Sudden Infant Death in the First 6 Days after Birth." The article reports on an examination of survey data to determine a correlation between the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and deaths from sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and asphyxia among infants <7 days in the U.S. and Massachusetts. The authors concluded that increasing rates of breastfeeding initiatives and skin-to-skin care are temporally associated with decreasing SUID prevalence in the first six days after birth in the United States and Massachusetts. The authors also stated that early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth is associated with improved neonatal mortality rates. The data also suggest that breastfeeding interventions and skin-to-skin care do not contribute to perinatal deaths on a population level.

Member highlights include:

Free Access Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has announced open access, through Thursday, November 28, to the following articles:

Safe Sleep Resources, summarized from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published two resources to support state and community efforts to eliminate sleep-related infant deaths. "Promising Practices for Safe Sleep" identifies state and national emerging and promising practices to promote safe sleep in states and communities. "Literature Review of Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Safe Sleep Practices" examines literature and analyses of current evidence-based safe sleep practice initiatives that provide health care provider training and modeling, increase infant caregiver knowledge and education, and promote safe sleep polices at the local, state, and federal level.

Call for Manuscripts, summarized from JHL

The Journal of Human Lactation has published a call for state of science manuscripts for their August 2020 issue. The aim of state of the science literature reviews is to provide an up-to-date picture of what is well established in a particular aspect of lactation and to suggest possible areas that need further research.

Collective Impact Connection

Community Systems Framework Article, summarized from SSIR

Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled "A Flexible Framework for Going Beyond Collective Impact." The author explores the impact of SSIR's initial 2009 article on Collective Impact and how a "community system solutions framework" can be a more flexible and adaptive framework than Collective Impact alone.

News & Views

Cherokee One Feather: "NC Breastfeeding Coalition looks to boost Cherokee Community"

Fatherly: "The Only Thing Tougher Than Serving in the Military Is Breastfeeding in the Military"

Ford Authority: "Ford Works With Nursing Moms On Revamped Lactation Lounges"

Futurity: "Easier breastfeeding at work benefits productivity"

JD Supra: "The Golden State Expands Lactation Accommodations For Working Mothers"

Lexology: "Creating the Space: Healthcare Employers Implement Programs for Nursing Mothers"

The Record: "New York offers resources for paid family leave for military families"

Vice: "Imagine Being Kicked off Your Health Insurance Two Months After Giving Birth"

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