Weekly Wire: November 13, 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
- 2020 Annual Report Released
- Analysis of Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Appropriations
- USBC Featured in USA Today Article on PUMP Act
- National News
- Hearing on Federal Nutrition Programs, summarized from Congress
- Report on Maternal Health Equity Workshop, summarized from NASEM
- Revised Advice About Eating Fish While Pregnant or Breastfeeding, summarized from FDA
- Maternal Health Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from Every Mothers Counts
- State & Community News
- New Policy to Support Pregnant and Post-Partum Incarcerated People, summarized from Michigan
- News & Views
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2020 Annual Report Released
We are thrilled to present the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee 2020 Annual Report! The content of the report reflects the collective efforts and accomplishments of the organization, constellations, members, and partners in advancing our collective mission to create a landscape of support. The report includes organizational highlights including advocacy wins, conference reflections, information on member benefits, a thank you to our donors, and audited financial disclosures. The report also offers many opportunities to consider how you can amplify your talents and efforts in service to human milk feeding families. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to creating the policy and practice changes that create a landscape of support for lactating families. None of this would be possible without you.
Analysis of Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Appropriations
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released a detailed analysis of the remaining Senate Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations reports as they relate to infant feeding titled "Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Appropriations Analysis." The USBC also updated the "Federal Appropriations for Breastfeeding" webpage outlining relevant program and agency funding levels assigned at each step in the federal budget process.
USBC Featured in USA Today Article on PUMP Act
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee was featured in a USA Today article on the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act titled "Breastfeeding moms, advocates push Congress to pass PUMP Act." Along with USBC partners, Senior Advocacy & Communications Manager, Cheryl Lebedevitch, explains how the PUMP Act would address current gaps in federal protections for lactating workers.
Hearing on Federal Nutrition Programs, summarized from Congress
The Senate Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition held a hearing titled "The State of Nutrition in America 2021" on Tuesday, November 2, at 10 a.m. ET. Speakers discussed the need to advance nutrition security through a racial equity lens and the opportunity to leverage federal nutrition programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), as a measure to support these efforts. In their testimony, speakers highlighted the positive impact of WIC on breastfeeding.
Report on Maternal Health Equity Workshop, summarized from NASEM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report titled "Advancing Maternal Health Equity and Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Proceedings of a Workshop." The report is based on a virtual workshop convened by the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies. Topics from the workshop included: the current state of evidence on maternal health and maternal mortality, the factors shaping maternal health and outcomes, current promising evidence-informed practices for improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality, and research needs across the life span to improve outcomes for mother and child from preconception through the fourth trimester.
Revised Advice About Eating Fish While Pregnant or Breastfeeding, summarized from FDA
The Food and Drug Administration updated the webpage "Advice about Eating Fish: For Those Who Might Become or Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding and Children Ages 1 - 11 Years." The revised advice is based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, which, for the first time, provides recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers as well as pregnant and lactating women.
Maternal Health Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from Every Mothers Counts
Every Mothers Counts released an advocacy toolkit focused on maternal health and birth equity. The guide works to demystify advocacy at national, state, and community levels. It breaks down the essential elements and steps of advocacy and provides actionable tools to help guide users as they take action for maternal health and birth equity.
State & Community News
New Policy to Support Pregnant and Post-Partum Incarcerated People, summarized from Michigan
Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced a new policy directive for pregnant and post-partum prisoners. The policy includes guidance on birth plans, visitation, limitations on the use of restraints, and staff training. Under the new policy, MDOC will allow post-partum prisoners to pump breast milk, for disposal, to allow for breastfeeding post-release, and post-partum prisoners will be allowed to breastfeed their newborn during in-person visits. Media highlights include:
- AFSC blog post: "Advocates applaud new maternal care policy for prisoners but call for legislation and oversight"
- Michigan Governor press release: "Governor Whitmer Expands Maternal and Post-Partum Healthcare for Prisoners"
News & Views
AFA-CWA blog post: "PUMP Act Passes House, Moves to Senate"
NBC-DFW: "New Efforts Underway to Support Nursing Moms"