Weekly Wire: December 20, 2019

Weekly Wire: December 20, 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​
    • Save the Date for NBCC 2020
    • January Power Tools Webinar Canceled
    • Weekly Wire Hiatus, USBC Office Closures
  • National News​
    • Federal Appropriations Update, summarized from Congress
    • Small Airports Mothers' Rooms Act Passes House, summarized from Congress
    • Breastfeeding State Innovation Project Report, summarized from ASTHO
    • #SafetoSleep Campaign Webinar, summarized from NICHD
    • Paid Leave Online Action Tool, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
    • Paid Parental Leave Included in NDAA, summarized from Congress
    • Congressional Hearing on National Paid Family and Medical Leave, summarized from Congress
    • Free Access Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Collaborative Partnership Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Save the Date for NBCC 2020

The USBC is excited to announce that the 10th Annual National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening will take place on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme of the conference is Many Voices United: Transforming the Landscape of Breastfeeding. Stay tuned for details about our call for proposals and presentations.

January Power Tools Webinar Canceled

The Power Tools webinar session scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, is canceled. The next webinar in that series is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. The Power Tools webinar series is part of the USBC's ongoing efforts to provide training, technical assistance, and capacity building support for the network of breastfeeding coalitions and others involved in forming or leading nonprofit organizations in the breastfeeding field. In lieu of a January webinar, we encourage you to explore our Power Tools Webinar archives.

Weekly Wire Hiatus, USBC Office Closures

The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. The next issue will be published the week of Monday, January 6. USBC offices will be closed Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1. We look forward to connecting with you in 2020!

National News

Federal Appropriations Update, summarized from Congress

The House and Senate have passed two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 Fiscal Year 2020 funding bills. The legislation includes two appropriations "minibus" funding bills (H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158). The domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, H.R. 1865, includes $9M for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hospital Support Breastfeeding program, an increase of $1M from the Fiscal Year 2019 enacted level. It also includes $90M for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, a $30M increase from the Fiscal Year 2019 enacted level. This is the first such increase for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in nearly a decade. For more information, see the press releases from the Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.

USBC Insight: USBC has published an analysis of the bill. Federal appropriations help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to lactation support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. The USBC closely monitors the federal budget and appropriations process, mobilizing advocacy and outreach to maintain and expand federal investments in breastfeeding. In September, USBC delivered a joint letter signed by 110 organizations urging that at least $10 million be directed in Fiscal Year 2020 for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Hospital & Continuity of Care Breastfeeding Support program. In addition, more than 1,000 messages advocating for federal funding for breastfeeding were sent to Members of Congress through USBC's online action tool.  Thank you to everyone who took action!

Small Airports Mothers' Rooms Act Passes House, summarized from Congress

The House of Representatives has passed "H.R.3362 - Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019." The bill 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. These requirements are already in place for large and medium hub airports through the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act. The bill has been received in the Senate.

USBC Insight: In July, the USBC delivered a joint letter in support of H.R. 3362 that was signed by 27 international, national, and tribal organizations and 33 regional, state, and local organizations. The letter was included in the Congressional Record in support of the bill before passage. Thank you to all our partners who signed on!

*Breastfeeding State Innovation Project Report, summarized from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has published a report titled "Innovations in State Breastfeeding Efforts: ASTHO's Breastfeeding Learning Community: Year Four." The report summarized notable project outcomes and lessons learned from seven state breastfeeding innovation projects funded by ASTHO in 2017-2018.

*#SafeSleepSnap Campaign Webinar, summarized from NICHD

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is hosting a webinar titled "2019 #SafeSleepSnap Debrief: Successes and Planning for SIDS Awareness Month 2020" on Wednesday, January 8, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Presenters will review engagement statistics from the #SafeSleepSnap campaign, listen to participant experiences, and discuss ideas for SIDS Awareness Month 2020.

*Paid Leave Online Action Tool, summarized from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE has launched an online action tool titled "Working Families Need Comprehensive Solutions." Individuals can use the tool to contact their Members of Congress in support of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act and the Child Care for Working Families Act.

Paid Parental Leave Included in NDAA, summarized from Congress

The National Defense Authorization Act (S.1790/H.R.2500) has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate. In addition to authorizing funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, the bill includes 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. The bill has been presented to the President.

Congressional Hearing on National Paid Family and Medical Leave, summarized from Congress

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has held a hearing titled "Examining the Need for Comprehensive National Paid Family and Medical Leave." The purpose of the hearing was to examine the lack of access to paid family and medical leave under current federal law and the need for a comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program in the United States. Chairwoman of the Committee, Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) championed the issue of comprehensive national paid family and medical leave in her opening statement. The hearing also featured testimony from several witnesses, including Jennifer Tucker from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Tucker linked access to paid leave with a greater likelihood to breastfeed, which in turn improves maternal and child health outcomes. A recording of the hearing and transcripts of witness testimony are available on the Committee's website.

Free Access Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has announced open access through Saturday, December 28, to the following articles:

Collective Impact Connection

Collaborative Partnership Webinar, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute is hosting a webinar titled "Bridging Difference: Building Authentic Collaborative Partnerships" on Tuesday, January 14, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss "partnership brokering," a formal process designed engage diverse stakeholders in deep connection to the challenge to be solved and to each other.

News & Views

Bloomberg Law: "CEOs Call on Congress, Trump to Enact Federal Paid Family Leave"

Columbus Underground: "Community Group Gives Peer Support to Breastfeeding Black Women"

HealthDay: "Breastfeeding May Bring Added Bonus for Women With MS"

Insights (NICHQ blog): "The Impact of Institutional Racism on Maternal and Child Health"

Institute for Patient Access: "Human Milk's 'Secret Ingredients'"

The Main Street Alliance: "Small Business for Paid Leave Coalition responds to Business Roundtable"

WRGB: "Local mom hopes to educate other nursing mothers on their rights in the workplace"

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