Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 19, 2015

National Breastfeeding Month Updates

National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM15) is halfway through—have you taken action yet? Each week the campaign is focusing on a specific sector/system of support, with social media and advocacy tools to inspire education and action to support breastfeeding families from the grassroots to the treetops. There are many ways to participate:

Weekly Themes and Actions

This Week - Week 3: Breastfeeding in the Community: Wherever Moms Are!

Next Week - Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week: Lift Every Baby

The third annual Black Breastfeeding Week (#BBW15) celebration will take place August 25-31. "Like" the Black Breastfeeding Week Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for details on the action-packed agenda. Individuals are also invited to get involved with the campaign directly:


Federal News

Conference on Health Equity in Medicare & Medicaid, from CMS

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health, on Tuesday, September 8, for a conference entitled, "Medicare & Medicaid at 50: Their Past, Present & Future Impact on Health Equity." The conference will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health also known as the Heckler Report. The conference will also examine how our knowledge of health disparities has evolved and the remaining challenges.

Breastfeeding Training Funding Opportunity, from USDA/WIC

The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service will fund a new Cooperative Agreement award of up to $1 million in Fiscal Year 2016 to a qualified applicant to update, develop, and implement breastfeeding training curricula for use in the WIC Program. This is a competitive, limited solicitation, and only organizations with extensive experience in the provision of breastfeeding education and training and breastfeeding course development are eligible. The application package is due September 28.

New Solution Sheets for Employers, from OWH

The Office on Women's Health has released six downloadable solution sheets featuring a variety of industries: manufacturing, retail, restaurants, hotels, agriculture, and transportation. The sheets include basic language of the federal law, bottom-line benefits for supporting nursing moms at work, and practical solutions for that particular industry. The solution sheets complement the online searchable resource, "Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions." Coalitions and breastfeeding advocates are encouraged to use them when conducting outreach with employers.


Partner News

Strategies to Help Hospitals Improve Breastfeeding-Related Maternity Care, from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has released a report on the success of Best Fed Beginnings, a groundbreaking national initiative to help hospitals improve breastfeeding-related maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the U.S. NICHQ also provides resources for health care practitioners, parents, and others who want to learn more about improving breastfeeding support for families.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Fact Sheet, from A Better Balance

A Better Balance has released a fact sheet on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), providing background about the Supreme Court's ruling in Young v. UPS, why a legislative fix is necessary and PWFA would be the best solution, and why the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act would be a problematic alternative.

Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act Fact Sheet, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has released a fact sheet on The Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act (PDAA), reviewing the currently state of pregnancy accommodations for working women and assessing the effects the PDAA and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would have if passed.

Bar Exam Report Card, from ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union and Law Students for Reproductive Justice have released an interactive report card assessing policies and practices in each state for accommodating nursing moms during the bar exam. Individuals and organizations are invited to use the interactive map to find and share state grades.


News from the Field

Study on African American Mothers' Workplace Support Needs, from Journal of Human Lactation

The Journal of Human Lactation has published an article reporting results of a study entitled, "Overcoming Workplace Barriers: A Focus Group Study Exploring African American Mothers' Needs for Workplace Breastfeeding Support." Participants indicated that they generally believed breastfeeding was a healthy option for the baby; however, paid employment was a critical barrier to successful breastfeeding for which mothers receive little help. Participants felt breastfeeding interventions that support working African American mothers should include education and training for health care professionals, regulation and enforcement of workplace breastfeeding support policies, and support from peers who act as breastfeeding role models. Overall, culturally appropriate interventions are needed.


Collective Impact Connection

Building a Culture of Continuous Learning, from the Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released a blog post entitled, "The Three Elements of Continuous Learning: Priorities, Plans, and Culture," discussing a framework and key elements of building a culture of continuous learning. The practice of continuous learning is often cited as one of the integral ingredients needed for the success of a collective impact effort. By promoting a culture from within that regularly learns, evaluates, shares, and adapts, organizations can act more effectively to tackle the complex social problems in their community and beyond.


State/Community News

Airport Lactation Accommodation Law, from Illinois

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation requiring large airports to Illinois to have lactation rooms by 2017. Media highlights included:

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Resources, from Florida

The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition has partnered with the Florida Department of Health to create the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Facility free online educational module and award project. The program webpage includes guidelines and sample policies for facilities and home providers, and a directory of breastfeeding friendly facilities throughout the state.


News & Views

USA Today: "Do nursing moms need new rights?"

The Huffington Post:

It's all Politics (NPR blog): "Lots Of Other Countries Mandate Paid Leave. Why Not The U.S.?"

The Guardian: "Mexico bans free baby formula in bid to boost low breastfeeding rates"

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