Weekly Wire: December 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
- Action Opportunity: Urge Congress to Expand Workplace Lactation Accommodations
- Physician Engagement and Training Webinar
- Airport Lactation Accommodation Publications
- Shop the USBC Store for Holiday Gifts
- National News
- Report on Prevalence of Obesity among WIC-enrolled Children, summarized from CDC
- Public Comment Opportunity on Community Preventive Services, summarized from CDC
- Opportunity to Add Organizational Logos to WBTi Report, summarized from HCP
- Senate Markup Scheduled for Airport Breastfeeding Bills, summarized from Congress
- Continuing Resolution Signed Into Law, summarized from Congress
- Bill to Exempt Breastfeeding Mothers from Jury Duty Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Bill to Require Information on Medication Labels Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Sign on Letter for Small Businesses in Support of Paid Family Leave, summarized from Various
- Report on Business Impact of Paid Family Leave, summarized from Various
- Collective Impact Connection
- Webinar on Factors for Success in Collective Impact Initiatives, summarized from CIF
- e-Book on Engaging Individuals with Lived Experience, summarized from Tamarack
- News & Views
*denotes a USBC member organization news item
Action Opportunity: Urge Congress to Expand Workplace Lactation Accommodations
USBC has launched an action tool titled "Ask your Members of Congress to Support Breastfeeding Employees." Individuals can use the tool to contact their Members of Congress in support of the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, soon to be introduced in Congress, would ensure that all workers have the right to break time and a private space to pump breast milk, as well as including a mechanism for workers to hold their employer accountable for noncompliance. Together, we can make sure that every breastfeeding employee has the right to pump during their work day. Please take action today!
Physician Engagement and Training Webinar
Join the USBC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Tuesday, December 10, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "The Physician Engagement and Training Focused on Breastfeeding Project." Presented as part of the CDC-USBC Bimonthly Webinar series, participants will learn more about the AAP, the AAP section on breastfeeding, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement focused on engaging and training physicians on the topic of breastfeeding. Register to access the webinar.
Airport Lactation Accommodation Publications
The USBC has published a press release titled "Holiday Travel is Challenging: State and Federal Policies that Support Breastfeeding Make it Better." The press release details relevant policies and legislation that impact breastfeeding travelers and those who are traveling with a breastfed child, and outlines proposed legislation which would expand breastfeeding support for travelers. In addition, The Hill has published an opinion editorial from USBC Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa entitled "One small change for America's small airports: One big difference for breastfeeding families." The op-ed spotlights the importance of the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act (S. 2638)/Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019 (H.R. 3362).
Shop the USBC Store for Holiday Gifts
Are you shopping for a breastfeeding advocate? Or, for someone else in your life who provides support, like a partner, coach, teacher, or doula? The USBC store is full of gifts! Choose from t-shirts and sweatshirts in a variety of styles, stickers and mugs, and useful tote bags and water bottles. There's something for everyone! The USBC receives a portion of the proceeds from every item sold, so your purchase helps create lasting change for breastfeeding families. Order soon to ensure holiday arrival.
*Report on Prevalence of Obesity among WIC-enrolled Children, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a report titled "State-Specific Prevalence of Obesity Among Children Aged 2–4 Years Enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — United States, 2010–2016." The report concludes that during 2010-2016, among children aged 2-4 enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), statistically significant decreases in obesity prevalence occurred in 41 of 56 WIC state or territory agencies. The authors state that one factor that could have contributed to the decreases in obesity prevalence is the 2009 revisions to WIC food packages, which included breastfeeding support.
*Public Comment Opportunity on Community Preventive Services, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a Request for Information titled "Priority Topics for the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)." The public is invited to identify topics of public health importance that will form the basis of CPSTF evidence-based recommendations. The CDC will use this information to support the CPSTF in its selection of priority topics to guide its work over the next five years. This docket will provide the opportunity to expand the current body of knowledge and identify important evidence gaps. Comments must be received on or before Thursday, January 23, 2020.
USBC Insight: The most recent edition of CPSTF recommendations included cardiovascular disease prevention and control, diabetes prevention and control, obesity prevention and control (includes nutrition), and sleep health, but it did not include breastfeeding support as an identified strategy for improving health outcomes in these areas.
*Opportunity to Add Organizational Logos to WBTi Report, summarized from HCP
The Healthy Children Project, Inc. has announced an opportunity for organizations to add their logos in support of the "World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) Assessment Report for the United States." WBTi is a global initiative that assesses the status and progress of the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding at national levels. Organizations that wish to add their logos to the final report can email files to email@example.com. Logos must be submitted no later than Friday, December 13.
Senate Markup Scheduled for Airport Breastfeeding Bills, summarized from Congress
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has scheduled a markup of two airport breastfeeding bills: the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (S. 2381) and the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Improvement Act (S. 2638). The Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act would direct the Government Accountability Office to review implementation of requirements regarding screening by the Transportation Security Administration of baby formula, breast milk, purified deionized water for infants, and juice on airlines. The FAM Improvement Act would require small hub airports to maintain a lactation area for nursing travelers and a baby changing table in at least one men's and one women's restroom in each passenger terminal building of the airport. The markup will be held on Wednesday, December 11, at 10 a.m. ET and will be available live via webcast.
Continuing Resolution Signed Into Law, summarized from Congress
Congress has passed and the president has signed into law H.R.3055 - Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019. H.R.3055 provides continuing appropriations to federal agencies through Friday, December 20. It is known as a continuing resolution and prevented a government shutdown when the previous continuing resolution expired on Thursday, November 21. Additional time is needed for leading appropriators to negotiate an overall spending agreement that will allocate funding to the 12 appropriations subcommittees. Learn more about the status of appropriations bills with the Congressional Research Service "Appropriations Status Table: FY2020."
Bill to Exempt Breastfeeding Mothers from Jury Duty Introduced, summarized from Congress
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) has introduced H.R.5183 - Breastfeeding Mothers Jury Duty Exclusion Act of 2019 in the House of Representatives. The bill would exempt breastfeeding women from jury duty, at their request.
USBC Insight: Under most circumstances, jury duty is compatible with breastfeeding provided jurors are granted reasonable accommodations for expressing breast milk during their service. The recently passed Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act requires that certain public buildings, including courthouses, that contain a public restroom also provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public. Several states have laws that exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow jury duty service to be postponed.
Bill to Require Information on Medication Labels Introduced, summarized from Congress
Representatives Jared Golden (ME-2) and Earl Carter (GA-1) have introduced H.R.5198 - Patients' Right to Know Their Medication Act of 2019 in the House. The bill would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act regarding the patient medication information required to be included in the labeling of prescription drugs. Label requirements would include a statement of whether sufficient data are available concerning the use of the drug in specified subpopulations, such as women; pregnant women; lactating women; women and men of reproductive age; and pediatric, geriatric, racial, and ethnic minority groups.
Sign on Letter for Small Businesses in Support of Paid Family Leave, summarized from Various
Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance, and the American Sustainable Business Council have launched a sign on letter titled "Small Businesses for Paid Family Leave." The letter highlights the need for a paid family and medical leave insurance that is easy and affordable for small businesses to access and expresses support for the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H. 1185/S. 463). Small business owners are invited to sign on.
Report on Business Impact of Paid Family Leave, summarized from Various
Panorama and the American Sustainable Business Council have released a report titled "The Business Impacts of Paid Leave." The report provides a financial analysis of the return on investment of paid family and medical leave and examines new research on the relationship between paid leave and workforce productivity. The authors of the report conclude that offering paid leave to employees can be a part of running a profitable company and potentially boost workforce productivity.
Collective Impact Connection
Webinar on Factors for Success in Collective Impact Initiatives, summarized from CIF
The Collective Impact Forum is hosting a webinar titled "Key Factors for Success in Collective Impact: Evaluation Findings from the Field" on Tuesday, December 10, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Speakers from StriveTogether and Equal Measure will discuss findings from a recent three-year evaluation of the StriveTogether network, a network of collective impact cradle-to-career initiatives from around the country. Presenters will highlight key areas to initiatives' success and where initiatives are struggling.
e-Book on Engaging Individuals with Lived Experience, summarized from Tamarack
The Tamarack Institute has published a free e-book titled "10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience." The book guides poverty-reduction groups in meaningfully engaging people with lived/living experience, and it celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are included and empowered to drive antipoverty work.
News & Views
*Baby-Friendly USAblog: "What SHOULD Happen When Baby Does Not Get Enough Milk from Mom"
Breastfeeding Medicine blog: "Baby Friendly Increases Breastfeeding Rates— The Problem with the Fancy Graph Study"
The Huffington Post: "Breast Milk Donations Desperately Needed Around The Holidays: Experts"
The Huffington Post: "Why Moms In Health Care Jobs Can't Catch A Break – To Pump"
Los Angeles Daily News: "California's moms get stronger support for workplace lactation"
The National Law Review: "California Significantly Strengthens Its Lactation Accommodation Law. Other States Are Likely to Follow"
*WABA/ABM statement: "WABA/ABM Joint Statement on World AIDS Day 2019"