Weekly Wire: July 16, 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
- Final "Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing" Series Webinar: Organizing for Impact
- Joint Letter Supporting Federal Funding for Breastfeeding Delivered
- Analysis of House Labor-HHS Appropriations and Infant Feeding
- Access Free Continuing Education via "NBCC Reimagined" Webinars Before August
- USBC Supports...
- Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
- National News
- Webinar on Physician Training Projects, summarized from CDC
- Webinar on SIDS Awareness Month Preparation, summarized from NICHD
- Updated Breastfeeding Project Infographics, summarized from ASPHN
- Action Tool in Support of Public Health Funding, summarized from APHA
- Updated Website Launch, summarized from CHEER
- Healthy People 2030 Champion Applications Open, summarized from HHS/ODPHP
- Report Explaining U.S. Paid Leave Programs, summarized from New America
- Study on Symptoms Following COVID-19 Vaccination Among Breastfeeding Mothers, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- Opportunity to Submit Comments for Women's Health Consensus Conference, summarized from NIH
- State and Community News
- Resource on Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care summarized from NJBC
- Law Amending Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodations, summarized from Minnesota
- Paid Parental Leave Expanded, summarized from Kansas
- News & Views
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Final "Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing" Series Webinar: Organizing for Impact
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee will host a webinar titled, "Commerical Milk Formula Marketing: Organizing for Impact," on Friday, July 23, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. Panelists Sally Mancini, Director of Advocacy for the Rudd Center; Jennifer Pomeranz, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Policy and Management, New York University; and Marsha Walker, previous Executive Director from the former National Alliance of Breastfeeding Advocacy, will discuss Breast Milk Substitute (BMS) labeling, the impacts of formula marketing, and opportunities for collective work to influence policy pertaining to the marketing of commercial milk formula. This webinar is the final session in the Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing: Communities, Contexts, and Impacts webinar series. The previous two recordings are available for viewing on the website. If you have registered for the series, you are automatically registered for this session.
Joint Letter Supporting Federal Funding for Breastfeeding Delivered
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee delivered a joint letter to thirteen key congressional offices in support of federal funding for breastfeeding in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations process. The letter asks legislators to direct $20M to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program in the FY22 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The letter was signed by 72 international, national, and tribal organizations and 144 regional, state, and local organizations. Additional signatures will be added on a rolling basis. Take action with us!
- Organizational letter: "Sign On Letter Supporting FY2022 Funding for CDC Breastfeeding Programs"
- Individual action tool: "Urge Congress to Increase Funding for CDC Breastfeeding Programs"
Analysis of House Labor-HHS Appropriations and Infant Feeding
The USBC published a detailed analysis of the Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations report as it relates to infant feeding in a blog titled "Fiscal Year 2022 House Labor-HHS Appropriations Report Released." The House Appropriations Committee released and subsequently approved the Labor-HHS appropriations bill, which includes a variety of provisions that impact infant feeding. The House Report includes $9.5M for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, level funding from FY 2021 and the President's budget request. Join USBC in urging the Senate to increase funding for this critical line item:
- Organizations are invited to sign the joint letter.
- Individuals are encouraged to contact their Senators and Representatives through the "Urge Congress to Protect the Right to Pump Milk During the Work Day" action tool.
Access Free Continuing Education via "NBCC Reimagined" Webinars Before August
The NBCC Reimagined presentation series continues to be available for viewing! After the cancellation of the 2020 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening, the USBC released six webinars featuring the outstanding presentations that had already been selected by the Conference Program Committee. Free continuing education is available through August 1, 2021.
The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2021 is Every Step of the Way. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is getting ready to celebrate all things lactation-related all month long, and we need your help. Please submit National Breastfeeding Month events, news, and resources so we can share them in USBC communication channels throughout August.
- 1,000 Days/NWA: 1,000 Days and the National WIC Association launched a social media campaign titled #BreastfeedingIs. Individuals can participate by posting a selfie or a video on social media that explains what breastfeeding means to them with the hashtag #BreastfeedingIs. The campaign will highlight breastfeeding in different communities and how we can build a landscape of breastfeeding support.
- L.A. County: Los Angeles County released a proclamation declaring National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week, Native Breastfeeding Week, Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Breastfeeding Week, Black Breastfeeding Week 2021. The proclamation highlights the health benefits of breastfeeding and the connection between access to paid leave and increased breastfeeding success.
- USBC: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has released a proclamation toolkit to support organizations to urge their governors to proclaim August as "Breastfeeding Month" in their state or territory. The proclamation toolkit includes a spreadsheet with links and information to submit a proclamation request as well as long and short sample proclamations that can be adapted to fit the requirements in your state or territory. This toolkit has been released for the first time this year as a pilot project. To improve this resource in future years, please complete the brief form to provide feedback and submit information on county or city proclamation requests.
National Breastfeeding Month T-Shirts & Tank Tops Now Available!
Show your commitment to supporting families with a National Breastfeeding Month t-shirt or tank top featuring this year's theme and the official NBM design from USBC! The artwork represents the spheres of influence in a breastfeeding family's world and the continuity of care that every family deserves along the human milk feeding journey. The National Breastfeeding Month design is available for a limited time in a variety of styles and colors for adults and kids. A portion of each purchase will go toward supporting the USBC's mission to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
Webinar on Physician Training Projects, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breastfeeding Workgroup is hosting a presentation titled "Physician Training and Engagement: Optimizing Breastfeeding and Early Nutrition at the Point of Care" on Tuesday, July 27, at 4 p.m. ET. Speakers from the USBC-affiliated Physician Education & Training Constellation and the American Academy of Pediatrics' Institute for Healthy Weight will present on current projects.
Webinar on SIDS Awareness Month Preparation, summarized from NICHD
The National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is hosting a webinar titled "SIDS Awareness Month Preparation Webinar" on Friday, July 23, at 1 p.m. ET. The Safe to Sleep® campaign and its partners will share plans for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October. The webinar will feature safe infant sleep and outreach experts who will share lessons learned and best practices to help individuals prepare to educate their social networks about safe infant sleep.
Updated Breastfeeding Project Infographics, summarized from ASPHN
The Association of State and Public Health Nutritionists published a series of infographics that highlight the work of the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN. The series includes an infographic that examines the breastfeeding workstream and key drivers. ASPHN also published infographics describing the projects of each state breastfeeding team project.
Action Tool in Support of Public Health Funding, summarized from APHA
The American Public Health Association launched an individual action tool titled "Urge your members of Congress to support the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act." Individuals can use the tool to send messages to their members of Congress urging them to support strong and sustained public health infrastructure funding in the upcoming jobs and infrastructure legislation.
Updated Website Launch, summarized from CHEER
The Center for Health Equity, Education, & Research launched a redesigned website. The redesign centers CHEER's ongoing projects and the organization's impact on the communities in which they are working.
Healthy People 2030 Champion Applications Open, summarized from HHS/ODPHP
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion invites public- and private-sector organizations that support Healthy People’s vision to become Healthy People 2030 Champions. Healthy People 2030 Champions are organizations committed to working toward Healthy People's overarching goals and objectives. ODPHP will recognize Healthy People Champions on health.gov, and Champions will receive a digital badge to highlight their support of the initiative on their own websites. They will also get information, tools, and resources to help them promote Healthy People 2030 among their communities, partners, and others interested in achieving Healthy People 2030 goals. Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Report Explaining U.S. Paid Leave Programs, summarized from New America
New America updated two reports to reflect the implementation of family caregiving leave in Massachusetts. "Explainer: Paid and Unpaid Leave Policies in the United States," provides a short primer on private-sector workers' access and use of federal unpaid leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and an introduction to state paid family and medical leave programs. "Explainer: Paid Leave Benefits and Funding in the United States" summarizes and compares existing state programs by breaking down the wage replacement people receive, the duration of time for which benefits are available, and the financing of the programs.
Study on Symptoms Following COVID-19 Vaccination Among Breastfeeding Mothers, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine published an article titled "Maternal and Child Symptoms Following COVID-19 Vaccination Among Breastfeeding Mothers." The authors of the study aimed to determine whether vaccine-related side effects following COVID-19 vaccination were associated with an adverse impact on breastfeeding, if there were perceived symptoms in breastfed children, and maternal opinion about COVID-19 vaccination. Through an analysis of 4,455 breastfeeding mothers, the authors concluded that COVID-19 vaccination among breastfeeding mothers resulted in minimal disruption of lactation or adverse impact on the breastfed child.
Opportunity to Submit Comments for Women's Health Consensus Conference, summarized from NIH
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is seeking comments and testimonies from the public on women's health research, including research on rising maternal morbidity and mortality rates. Comments will be used to inform the Women's Health Consensus Conference meeting and discussion in October 2021. The deadline to submit comments is Wednesday, September 15.
State and Community News
Resource on Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care, summarized from NJBC
The New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with the New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund and Reinvestment Fund, released a report titled "Breastfeeding Babies Are Welcome Here: Creating Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care in New Jersey." The report provides an introduction to breastfeeding-friendly support for child care centers and family child care homes. It also includes a sample breastfeeding-friendly child care policy, lists of resources for families and providers, and New Jersey breastfeeding laws for child care providers and families.
Law Amending Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodations, summarized from Minnesota
Minnesota governor, Tim Walz, approved an amendment relating to pregnancy accommodations and barring reducing compensation for lactation breaks, as part of the state's "Omnibus Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Bill." The amendment prohibits an employer from reducing an employee’s compensation for time used for the purpose of expressing milk, and it includes language that limits an employer's obligation to the 12 months following the birth of the child. The amendment goes into effect on January 1, 2022. Media highlights include:
- National Law Review: "Minnesota Legislature Amends Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodation Provisions"
Paid Parental Leave Expanded, summarized from Kansas
Kansas governor, Laura Kelly, issued Executive Order No. 21-24, which provides an extra two weeks of paid leave for state workers who are a child's primary caregiver and an extra week for secondary caregivers. The order also makes foster parents eligible for the same paid leave. The order directed the state Department of Administration to put the new policies into effect immediately. Media highlights include:
News & Views
NICHQ Insights: "Exploring a Nonbinary Approach to Health"
The Press of Atlantic City: "Absecon police officer sues city about discrimination over breast milk pumping"
Sports Illustrated: "Olympics to Allow Babies of Breastfeeding Athletes to be at Tokyo Games"
The Washington Post: "ICE to avoid detaining pregnant, nursing and postpartum women"