Weekly Wire: March 27, 2021
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 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
- Conference Updates: Registration, Awards, Exhibits & Sponsorships
- The USBC Supports...
- Special Section on COVID-19
- National News
- Interactive Database of National Health Indicators, summarized from CDC
- Public Comment Opportunity on mPINC Survey, summarized from CDC
- Resource on Traveling and Breastfeeding, summarized from USDA/FNS
- Report on Birth Data, summarized from CDC
- Hearing on Child Nutrition Reauthorization, summarized from Congress
- Hearing on Maternal Health Crisis, summarized from Congress
- Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act Introduced in Senate, summarized from Congress
- WIC Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Webinar on Caregiving and Workplace Policies, summarized from A Better Balance/New America
- Collective Impact Connection
- Webpage on Physician Training to Support Breastfeeding Project, summarized from CDC
- News & Views
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Conference Registration, Awards, Exhibits & Sponsorships
Registration is open for the June 9-11 online National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC). Register by logging into the website and using our online form. Take advantage of the "early bird" registration discount by registering before Thursday, April 15.
Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Refer to the webpage for pricing information and application details. Individual registration and Exhibit/Sponsorship discounts are available for to USBC Member Organizations; members, check your inbox for recent announcements.
The application for conference awards closes on Sunday, March 28. Eligible and interested maternal and child health grassroots workers are invited to apply for three award categories: Emerging Leader, Tribal Trailblazer, and Cultural Changemaker. Award recipients will receive a free full-access registration to the online conference, promotion of their work, and more.
The USBC joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
- Society for Public Health Education: "CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health FY 2022 Appropriations Sign-on Letter"
- Paid Leave for All: Washington Post full-page advertisement supporting paid family leave
Special Section on COVID-19
As communities around the nation respond to the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the USBC has continued to serve as a communication hub for the breastfeeding field. View the updated "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" webpage for key resources on COVID-19 and infant feeding. See the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire archive for previous compilations of COVID-19 resources and updates. Submit additional resources for consideration via the online form. Highlights from the field include:
- A Better Balance: A Better Balance published a series of fact sheets explaining the American Rescue Plan's paid leave tax credit provisions:
- IJERPH: The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published an article titled "Old Tricks, New Opportunities: How Companies Violate the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and Undermine Maternal and Child Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic." The study identifies and explores marketing tactics from breast milk substitute (BMS) companies since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the authors conclude that governments should drastically scale up efforts to reduce harmful BMS marketing practices.
- NPWF: The National Partnership for Women & Families released an issue brief titled "Called to Care: A Racially Just Recovery Demands Paid Family and Medical Leave." The report highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family of color and the impact of paid leave access on health and financial outcomes for families.
Interactive Database of National Health Indicators, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released an interactive database with updated data on 37 indicators related to obesity prevention, breastfeeding, healthy eating, and active living. Breastfeeding behavior indicators and breastfeeding environmental or policy supports are included in the database. There is also a new tool allowing users to create customized comparison charts between national and state rates.
Public Comment Opportunity on mPINC Survey, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a public comment opportunity on proposed data collection for the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. Comments will be collected by the Office of Management and Budget. Comments may be submitted in written or electronic form using the public comment portal. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, May 18.
Resource on Traveling and Breastfeeding, summarized from USDA/FNS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services published an informational webpage titled "Traveling with Your Baby: Set yourself up for success while traveling and breastfeeding." The webpage includes tips for different types of travel, advice on pumping while traveling, and other resources for parents.
Report on Birth Data, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics System released a report titled "Births: Final Data for 2019." The report presents detailed data on numbers and characteristics of births in 2019 in the United States including: birth and fertility rates, maternal demographic and health characteristics, medical and health care utilization, source of payment for the delivery, and infant health characteristics. It also includes information on whether infants were breastfed at discharge.
Hearing on Child Nutrition Reauthorization, summarized from Congress
On Thursday, March 25, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled "Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Meals and Healthy Futures." An archived video and written statements from Members of Congress and expert witnesses are available. Testimony from the American Academy of Pediatrics president highlighted the important role that WIC has played in promoting breastfeeding and the potential future progress that can be made. Member highlights include:
- National WIC Association: "Senate Hearing Prioritizes WIC Access to Improve Child Nutrition Outcomes"
USBC Insight: Child Nutrition Reauthorization is the primary vehicle to advance WIC-oriented reforms, including the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, through Congress. The child nutrition programs – including WIC – have not been fully reauthorized since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which implemented major national reforms such as an expansion of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program and the requirement for states to implement EBT/e-WIC.
Hearing on Maternal Health Crisis, summarized from Congress
On Tuesday, March 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies held a hearing titled "Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis." An archived video and written statements from Members of Congress and expert witnesses are available. In their written testimonies, multiple witnesses mentioned the importance of increasing breastfeeding rates to improve maternal health.
Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act Introduced in Senate, summarized from Congress
Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act (S. 408) in the Senate. The bill would bolster the federal government's effort to assist states in lowering maternal mortality rates by creating a diverse, representative National Advisory Committee on Reducing Maternal Deaths. Read the press release. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
WIC Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
The Wise Investment in Our Children Act (WIC Act) (S. 853/H.R. 6811) has been re-introduced in the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The bill would permit state agencies administering the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to: (1) extend child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten; (2) extend infant certification periods to two years; and (3) extend postpartum women's eligibility to two years. Read the press release. Member highlights include:
- National WIC Association: "The WIC Act: A Wise Investment"
Webinar on Caregiving and Workplace Policies, summarized from A Better Balance/New America
A Better Balance, in partnership with New America, is hosting a webinar titled "An Unprecedented Crisis of Care: Building Better Workplace Policies for Working Families" on Thursday, April 1, at 12:00 p.m. ET. Speakers will highlight what workers who need to care for themselves or loved ones are facing in the current economic climate and strategize on a blueprint for progress and policy innovation for care infrastructure in the United States.
Collective Impact Connection
Webpage on Physician Training to Support Breastfeeding Project, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new web page titled "Physician Education and Training to Support Breastfeeding." CDC funded the American Academy of Pediatrics to implement the Physician Engagement and Training Focused on Breastfeeding Project. This project resulted in several resources to address gaps and increase breastfeeding-related physician education and training. Several resources produced by USBC Constellation work groups are featured on the webpage.
News & Views
Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog post: "A Family Physician's Unexpected Journey: From Premature Twins to Milk Donation"