Weekly Wire: September 25, 2021

Weekly Wire: September 25, 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
    • New Video Featuring Updates for the Field
  • International News
    • Article on BFHI Maternity Hospitals and Breastfeeding Protection during COVID-19 Pandemic, summarized from IBJ
  • National News
    • Breastfeeding Challenge Finalists Announced, summarized from OWH
    • Clinical Reference for Lactation and Substances and Medications, summarized from IABLE
    • Funding Announced to Support Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes, summarized from HRSA
    • 2020 State of Obesity Report, summarized from TFAH
    • Publication on Paid Leave in Build Back Better Package, summarized from A Better Balance
    • Public Announcement of 2022 TRICARE Program Plan Changes, summarized from DoD
    • Annual Home Visiting Yearbook, summarized from NHVRC
    • Report on Trends in Leave-Taking Among New Parents, summarized from U.S. Census Bureau
  • Equity Lens
    • Resource Mapping of Lactation Resources Available to AANHPI Communities, summarized from APIBTF
    • IBCLC Scholarship Fund, summarized from USLCA
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

New Video Featuring Updates for the Field

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released a video titled "USBC Updates for the Field." The video includes highlights from the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening, a report on National Breastfeeding Month, and a sneak peek of the 2020 USBC Annual Report. In addition, the video features recent policy updates and opportunities including federal appropriations for lactation support, the establishment of a national paid family & medical leave program, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act, and the Women's Preventive Services Initiative.  

International News

Article on BFHI Maternity Hospitals and Breastfeeding Protection during COVID-19 Pandemic, summarized from IBJ

The International Breastfeeding Journal published an article titled "Good practices in perinatal care and breastfeeding protection during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: a national situation analysis among BFHI maternity hospitals in Spain." The authors analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on perinatal care and breastfeeding support practices offered by the Spanish maternity hospitals committed to the UNICEF Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), to women with and without COVID-19.

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Breastfeeding Challenge Finalists Announced, summarized from OWH

The Office on Women's Health announced the first round of winners for its Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge. The 15 programs selected for Phase 1 prize awards demonstrated evidence-based interventions to target gaps in breastfeeding education, instruction, and/or support for breastfeeding mothers. Each of the winners receives a prize award of $15,000 and moves forward to Phase 2 of the competition. Several USBC member organizations are among the 15 selected programs. Partner highlights include:

 CHEER press release: "Mississippi CHAMPS Wins the Office on Women's Health Breastfeeding Challenge!"

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Clinical Reference for Lactation and Substances and Medications, summarized from IABLE

The Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education launched "Trash the Pump and Dump," a free clinical reference that highlights concerning substances, medications, and infectious illnesses for lactation. The publication can be used by hospital, emergency room, and healthcare office staff.

Funding Announced to Support Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes, summarized from HRSA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration announced nearly $350 million in awards to support safe pregnancies and healthy babies in the United States. Funding will expand home visiting services to families most in need, increase access to community-based doulas, address health disparities in infant deaths, and improve data reporting on maternal mortality.

2020 State of Obesity Report, summarized from TFAH

Trust for America's Health published the 18th annual "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America" report. The report is based in part on newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and analysis by TFAH to provide an annual snapshot of obesity rates nationwide. The authors found that in 2020, 16 states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent, up from 12 states the previous year. The report highlights the role that breastfeeding programs can have in addressing obesity, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and programs through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Publication on Paid Leave in Build Back Better Package, summarized from A Better Balance

A Better Balance released a resource article titled "Ways & Means Paid Leave Bill: What You Need to Know." The publication highlights details of the permanent, comprehensive national paid leave program that is part of the Build Back Better package, including who would be covered, what workers could use their paid leave benefits for, and what worker protections the bill would provide.

Public Announcement of 2022 TRICARE Program Plan Changes, summarized from DoD

The U.S. Department of Defense published a public notice titled "TRICARE Plan Program Changes for Calendar Year 2022." The notice includes information about changes or improvements to TRICARE, the health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families around the world. The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act required the DoD to conduct the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration project to cover the services of doulas and lactation consultants/counselors not otherwise authorized under TRICARE. This demonstration project will run for five years, beginning no later than January 1, 2022, and running through December 31, 2026.

Annual Home Visiting Yearbook, summarized from NHVRC

The National Home Visiting Resource Center published the "2021 Home Visiting Yearbook." The publication includes information on the benefits of home visiting, who is being served by home visiting, and the landscape of home visiting throughout the United States. Breastfeeding rates are included as an indicator in the maternal and child health data section.

Report on Trends in Leave-Taking Among New Parents, summarized from U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau published an analysis titled "Two-Thirds of Recent First-Time Fathers Took Time Off After Birth." Using data from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation, the report explores a range of topics, including women's work patterns during pregnancy, leave usage by men, and differences in the types of leave used by men and women. According to the report, roughly two-thirds of men who were fathers for the first time from 2016 to 2019 took some type of leave in the 12 weeks after their child was born.

Equity Lens

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Resource Mapping of Lactation Resources Available to AANHPI Communities, summarized from APIBTF

The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Taskforce, in partnership with BreastfeedLA and the Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force is conducting a nationwide landscape analysis of lactation resources available to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. As part of the project, they have launched the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Resource Mapping Survey. This survey of professionals who identify as AANHPI and/or work with predominantly AANHPI communities aims to determine what lactation resources are available. The survey closes Sunday, October 31.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg IBCLC Scholarship Fund, summarized from USLCA

The United States Lactation Consultant Association announced the launch of the fall 2021 cycle of the IBCLC scholarship fund. The fund's purpose is to aid members of marginalized communities in their goal of becoming an IBCLC. In this application cycle, USLCA will be awarding two IBCLC exam fees scholarships. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 17.

News & Views

A Better Balance blog post: "Paid Leave For All Means Working Parents Like Me Won’t Be Forced to Make Impossible Choices"

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg CHEER blog post: "CHEER Champion of the Week: Whitney Dula"

The East Tennessee Catholic: "Catholic Charities launches breastfeeding curriculum"

KTUL "Oklahoma Air National Guardswoman donates breast milk to Louisiana baby in need"

NACCHO blog post: "National Preparedness Month 2021: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness"

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg NWA video: "NWA Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month With #BreastfeedingIs Campaign"

Reuters: "Countries should prioritize pregnant, breastfeeding women for COVID-19 shots -PAHO"

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