Weekly Wire: October 28, 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
- Paid Leave Action Tool Update
- New USBC Members: Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities and Chocolate Milk Café National, Inc.
- Special Section: PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Passes the House!
- National News
- Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Campaign, summarized from NICHD
- Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Appropriations Bill Released, summarized from Congress
- Webinar on Continuity of Care in Chest/Breastfeeding Support, summarized from NACCHO
- Issue Brief on Paid Leave Impact on Women and Workers of Color, summarized from NPWF
- Collective Impact Connection
- Report on Advocacy and Community Organizing in Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
- Webinar on Engaging Audiences, summarized from SSIR
- News & Views
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Paid Leave Action Tool Update
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee updated the messages in the action tool titled "Call on Congress to Support Paid Leave." Individuals can use the tool to send messages to the President, Vice President, and members of Congress in support of comprehensive and permanent paid family leave in the United States. The messages urge policymakers to include paid leave in the Build Back Better Act.
New USBC Members: Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities and Chocolate Milk Café National, Inc.
Welcome to two new USBC member organizations! Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities (BFFC) is a new National Nonprofit Member of the USBC with a mission of fostering a more breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding family-friendly community by advocating for policies and practices that support optimal infant feeding, using a Ten Steps approach that complements and broadens the community scope of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF guidelines. BFFC began as a pilot project in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, in 2014, with a vision to improve lactation duration by developing a set of measures to guide communities to welcome lactating families in all the spaces and places in which families live and work and shop and play. Members of the implementation team received the support of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) to continue the work locally and to expand nationally. Currently, BFFC provides ongoing technical assistance and support to 10 communities and has provided preliminary support to additional communities to explore the Ten Steps.
Chocolate Milk Café National, Inc. is a new National Nonprofit Member of the USBC. The Chocolate Milk Café provides a sacred space where families that are part of the African Diaspora can be supported and empowered to breastfeed and provide human milk to their children. Chocolate Milk Café was established as a program under Uzazi Village in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2013, out of frustration for the lack of support families in their community were receiving for their lactation needs. The program sparked interest in other Black communities searching for support to combat human milk feeding disparities. Chocolate Milk Café expanded to become a national organization in 2019. The Chocolate Milk Café model is a peer-to-peer support group, and the national organization provides training for facilitators to lead monthly meetings within their respective communities.
Special Section: PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Passes the House!
On Friday, October 22, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act(H.R. 3110) passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 276-149! This victory is the culmination of ten years of hard work by lactation advocates to close a gap in federal law. We are now a significant step closer to ensuring that nearly 9 million more workers have protected time and space to express breast milk at work.
A huge thank you to everyone who flooded their Representative's office with calls, emails, and tweets supporting the PUMP Act! None of this would be possible without you, and we are celebrating this win together! A better future is on the horizon, and it's all thanks to our collective and relentless advocacy.
Learn more about this historic win in our partner press release with the American Civil Liberties Union, A Better Balance, the Center for WorkLife Law, and the National WIC Association.
Media and partner highlights of the passage include:
- A Better Balance action tool: "Thank your rep for voting yes on the PUMP Act"
- A Better Balance statement: "STATEMENT: A Better Balance Applauds House Passage of the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act"
- The Chronicle: "U.S. House Approves Herrera Beutler Bill Expanding Nursing Mothers’ Coverage in Break Time Law"
- Representative Adams press release: "Adams, Maloney, Congressional Maternity Care Caucus, & Black Maternal Health Caucus Celebrate House Passage of PUMP For Nursing Mothers Act"
- Representative Herrera Beutler press release: "U.S. House Approves Herrera Beutler’s PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act"
- Representative Maloney press release: "House Passes Maloney's PUMP For Nursing Mothers Act"
- Representative Ross press release: "Congresswoman Ross Amendment to Support Nursing Mothers Passes House"
- The Hill: "House passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers"
- InStyle: "Pumping at Work Is Still Awful, but It Might Be Getting Better"
- House Education and Labor Committee press release: "House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Workplace Protections for Nursing Mothers"
- Reuters: "House passes biz-backed bill adding protections for nursing moms"
- The Suburban Times: "Strickland Amendment to Strengthen Workplace Equity for Women & Mothers Passes House"
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce statement: "U.S. Chamber Applauds House Passage of PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act"
- WKBN: "House passes PUMP Act that would expand breastfeeding accommodations for working mothers"
USBC advocacy work, including efforts to secure a strong vote in the Senate, is funded through donations from supporters like you! Please make a donation so we can continue this critical work.
Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Campaign, summarized from NICHD
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development announced that, as part of their SIDS Awareness Month campaign, this week's theme is "Breastfeed to reduce the risk of SIDS." Individuals can access sample messages that correspond to the theme to share with parents and caregivers. NICHD also published a video titled "Breastfeeding Your Baby to Reduce the Risk of SIDS."
Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Appropriations Bill Released
The Senate Appropriations Committee has released nine Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills, including the Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and associated report. The FY22 Labor-HHS bill report includes $10.5M for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding Program, $1M above the FY22 House bill. This $1M increase would allow CDC to expand lactation support efforts and respond to gaps in infant and young child feeding that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for a detailed analysis from the USBC on how the Senate FY22 appropriations bills relate to infant feeding.
Webinar on Continuity of Care in Chest/Breastfeeding Support, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is hosting a webinar titled "Improving Community Health through Continuity of Care in Chest/Breastfeeding Support" on Thursday, November 18, at 1 p.m. ET. This is the second webinar of the eight-part "Every Step of the Way through the 1,000 Days: Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support Blueprint" series. Presenters will discuss lactation support as a health promotion strategy, the importance of understanding the local lactation landscape through community assessments, and integrating lactation support into public health programs and community health improvement plans.
Issue Brief on Paid Leave Impact on Women and Workers of Color, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families released an issue brief titled "For Women and Workers of Color in Every State, Paid Leave Is a Lifeline." The publication examines how women, people of color and low-income workers would benefit from a federal paid leave program. It also includes state-level estimates for the number of workers that would gain access to paid family leave through a national program and the income replaced during a 12 week leave for a median-wage worker by state.
USBC Insight: Inclusive and comprehensive paid family and medical leave is a crucial tool in establishing and sustaining breastfeeding. Research shows a relationship between the decision to start and continue breastfeeding and the length of maternity leave available, and that parents who return to full-time employment shortly after giving birth are less likely to breastfeed as long as they intend. Individuals are encouraged to use the USBC action tool, "Call on Congress to Support Paid Leave," to show their support for inclusive and comprehensive paid family leave.
Collective Impact Connection
Report on Advocacy and Community Organizing in Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
The Collective Impact Forum published a report titled "Rebalancing Power: Examining the Role of Advocacy and Organizing in Collective Impact." The report examines how advocacy and community organizing can strengthen collective impact efforts and highlights promising strategies that are being used within collective efforts to create systems change. It also includes a set of key recommendations and learning questions for collective impact initiatives to consider. Recommendations include: embedding the values of community organizing into a collaborative’s structure and strategy, creating the conditions to engage in advocacy efforts to impact policy change, and building strong relationships with grassroots organizations.
Webinar on Engaging Audiences, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review is hosting a webinar titled "Modern Methods for Attracting New and More Diverse Audiences" on Wednesday, November 3, from 2-3 p.m. ET. A panel of nonprofit leaders will discuss successful methods and technology tools they’ve used to enrich their organizations’ mission to keep it vibrant and relevant. They will explore how to develop effective digital messaging, how CRM, AI, personalization, and automation can create a sense that there’s an evolving, dynamic mission to join, and what young and diverse audiences expect from brands and services when they participate in change-making.
News & Views
ABM editorial: "More Thoughts on Lactation-Related Language and Gender"
Amplify!: "Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer"
Representative Underwood press release: "Underwood, Booker, Adams, Kelly, and Beatty Urge President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Schumer to Include Critical Investments to Advance Maternal Health Equity in Final Build Back Better Package"