Weekly Wire: October 14, 2021

Weekly Wire: October 14, 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
    • Safe Infant Sleep and SIDS Month Resources
    • USBC Store Refresh
    • USBC Supports...
  • National News
    • Call for Board Nominations, summarized from HMBANA
    • Healthy People 2020 Final Review Products, summarized from CDC/NCHS
    • Protecting Moms Who Served Act Passes Senate, summarized from Congress
    • House Rules Committee Resolution Includes PUMP Act, summarized from Congress
    • Letter of Support for the PUMP Act, summarized from NRF
    • Call for State of Science Manuscripts, summarized from JHL
  • State & Community News
    • Report on California Lactation Accommodations in Higher Education, summarized from BreastfeedLA
    • California Lactation Rights Graphics, summarized from California Breastfeeding Coalition
    • Webinar on Pregnancy and COVID-19 Vaccine, summarized from Uzazi Village
  • Equity Lens
    • Virtual Baby Café Centered on Filipino Families, summarized from APIBTF
    • Study on Birth Control and Lactation, summarized from UCSF
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Safe Infant Sleep and SIDS Month Resources

October is Safe Sleep and SIDS Awareness Month! The USBC has updated its webpage in observance of the month. The page features important information on safe infant sleep and breastfeeding as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the USBC and the field. Please submit additional resources for inclusion by completing the online submission form.

USBC Store Refresh

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee refreshed the items available in the USBC CafePress store! The new USBC logo is featured on a range of items including apparel, mugs, and tote bags. When you shop through the USBC store, a fraction of the fee (equaling $5 or less) is provided to the USBC to support our advocacy efforts. You'll be supporting what's important to you while you shop!

USBC Supports...

The USBC joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Call for Board Nominations, summarized from HMBANA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America published a public call for nominations to their Board of Directors. Specifically, HMBANA is seeking board members with expertise in governance, leadership, fund development, law/legal, and strategic planning; prior relationship to milk banking services, including milk donors or milk recipients; hospital-based milk bank representation; and/or diverse community representation including, but not limited to, men, LGBTQ+ community, LatinX representation, and persons under 35. There are five open positions, and the deadline to apply is Friday, October 22.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Healthy People 2020 Final Review Products, summarized from CDC/NCHS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, released several Healthy People 2020 final review products, including the Healthy People 2020 Progress Table. The Progress Table includes a customizable table and pie charts that show final progress status for objectives at the end of Healthy People 2020. Users can filter by the topic area "Maternal, Infant, and Child Health" to view progress on the breastfeeding objectives that were included in Healthy People 2020.

Protecting Moms Who Served Act Passes Senate, summarized from Congress

The Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 (S. 796) passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The Protecting Moms Who Served Act would codify and strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs maternity care coordination programs to ensure veterans receive high-quality maternal health care and support. Additionally, the bill would commission the first-ever comprehensive study of the scope of America's maternal health crisis among veterans, with a particular focus on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes. The House version of the bill (H.R. 958) has been received in the Senate. Press releases include:

House Rules Committee Resolution on PUMP Act, summarized from Congress

The House Committee on Rules reported and the House passed a rule on the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110). The structured rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and Labor or their designees; self-executes a manager’s amendment from Chairman Scott; makes in order two amendments; and provides one motion to recommit (without instructions).

USBC Insight: The House Committee on Rules decides whether and in what order bills are scheduled for consideration on the floor of the House and sets the rules for debate. Consideration by the Rules Committee signals that the bill will soon go to the floor for a vote. Keep calling and emailing members of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge them to vote YES on the PUMP Act. 

Letter of Support for the PUMP Act, summarized from NRF

The National Retail Federation released a letter to the Speaker of the House expressing support for the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association and the letter urges the House to pass the PUMP Act. The letter emphasizes that the PUMP Act is a sound piece of bipartisan legislation that will allow nursing mothers to maintain their vital role in the American workplace.

Call for State of Science Manuscripts, summarized from JHL

The Journal of Human Lactation launched a call for papers for the August 2022 Special Issue: State of the Science. The JHL State of the Science literature reviews aim to provide an up-to-date picture of what is well established in a particular aspect of lactation and to identify areas that need further research. JHL is seeking reviews that are critical analyses of the body of research about a specific narrowly defined topic, written by researchers that have the breadth and depth of knowledge along with the research skills to distill a body of work for the audience. The submission deadline is Tuesday, February 1, 2022.       

State and Community News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Report on California Lactation Accommodations in Higher Education, summarized from BreastfeedLA

BreastfeedLA, in partnership with ACLU SoCal, and California Women's Law Center published a report titled "Lactation 101: Lactation Accommodations in Los Angeles County Higher Education." The publication is an update to a 2017 report that issues scores to colleges and universities in Los Angeles County on their breast/chestfeeding policies for pregnant and lactating students and employees. It includes grades for more than 100 institutions of higher learning based on compliance with basic requirements for ensuring that the rights of both students and employees are protected. It also includes strategies for effectively implementing lactation accommodation laws at higher education institutions.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg California Lactation Rights Graphics, summarized from California Breastfeeding Coalition

The California Breastfeeding Coalition released a series of social media graphics that highlight lactation rights in California. The graphics include information on workplace lactation accommodations, nursing in public, and more. They are available in English and Spanish.

Webinar on Pregnancy and COVID-19 Vaccine, summarized from Uzazi Village

Uzazi Village is hosting a webinar titled "COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy" on Friday, October 22, at 2 p.m. ET. A panel of speakers including a maternal fetal medicine physician, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and a health educator will discuss vaccine safety, and the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people and their families.

Equity Lens

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Virtual Baby Café Centered on Filipino Families, summarized from APIBTF

In celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month, the Asian & Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force invites Filipino nursing parents to their virtual Baby Café at Dede Diner. Dede Diner is a community space for breast/chestfeeding support where the Filipino experience is centered, hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force. The virtual Baby Café takes place every Friday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. At the start of the event, join the meeting at this link

Study on Birth Control and Lactation, summarized from UCSF

Enrollment is open for the Contraception, Human milk, And Research Mechanisms (CHARM) Study, conducted by the Motivating Interdisciplinary Lactation Knowledge Lab at UC San Francisco The study seeks to advance knowledge regarding Black women and birthing people’s experiences with contraception during the perinatal period and to better understand its impact on infant feeding practices. The research team is looking for U.S.-based Black women and birthing people, ages 18 years and older, who have given birth in the last five years. Eligible participants will receive a gift card after completing an online survey.

News & Views

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg AAP blog post: "Human Milk and COVID-19 Antibodies – Another Win for Breastfeeding?"

AETC blog post: "372nd TRS creates wellness, lactation room for Luke Airmen"

Cosmopolitan: "Congresswoman Jackie Speier: Women Are Tired of Being America's Fallback Plan"

Department of Labor blog post: "5 Critical Resources for Working Families"

The Denver Post: "Guest commentary: For the health of Coloradans, paid family leave should be available to all"

In These Times: "The Momnibus Act Protects Wisconsin's Black Babies from a Premature Death"

Ms. Magazine: "We Must Advance Maternal Health Equity in the Build Back Better Act"

WMDT: "Premature in a Pandemic: Part One"

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