New Implementation FAQs on ACA Breastfeeding Coverage, from HHS, DOL, and Treasury
The Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury have issued a number of FAQs about implementation of the Affordable Care Act, going back to 2010. The most recent FAQs Part XXIX included additional clarification about the lactation counseling benefit, especially around establishing networks of providers. HHS also previously issued a Fact Sheet entitled, Breast Pumps and Insurance Coverage: What You Need To Know.
Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Webinar, from HP2020
Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, November 19, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity." During this webinar, presenters will share data on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity, along with interventions and resources that can help address related issues in your community.
Community-Based Support Strategies, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has coordinated the development of a special issue of the Journal of Human Lactation on community-based support for breastfeeding. The issue provides examples and evidence for community-based support strategies, which include breastfeeding-friendly maternity care practices in clinics, peer support programs, breastfeeding education and professional support for health care professionals, support for breastfeeding in the workplace, and access to breastfeeding information for new mothers. DNPAO has also released a set of program based highlights that offer high-level summaries of topics addressed in the issue.
New Mobile App, from Lamaze International
Lamaze International has launched a free, comprehensive mobile app: "Pregnancy to Parenting." The app features evidence-based resources and includes weekly pregnancy updates, an appointment tracker, a breastfeeding tracker, and other tools. It can also be used as a teaching resource to engage tech-savvy learners. The mobile app is available in the App Store and Google Play.
Labor Medication and Breastfeeding Study, from HCP
Healthy Children Project has published an article in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care entitled, "The Association Between Common Labor Drugs and Suckling When Skin-to-Skin During the First Hour After Birth." The article examines the correlation between commonly used labor medications and a newborn's ability to breastfeed in the first hour after birth, a crucial window to the success of establishing breastfeeding. A strong negative correlation was found between the amount and duration of exposure to epidural fentanyl and the amount of pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) against the likelihood of suckling during the first hour after birth, suggesting that exposure to to these widely used medications has an adverse impact on newborn behavior. Significantly, suckling in the first hour after birth has been shown in other studies to increase desirable breastfeeding outcomes. Healthy Children Project has also released a video about the research results.
Formula Marketing Updates, from Baby Milk Action/IBFAN UK
Baby Milk Action has released a blog post about The British Medical Journal decision to retract a fraudulent research study conducted for Mead Johnson that supported the effectiveness of hypoallergenic infant formula. This decision comes at the same time as a new hypoallergenic formula promotion campaign from Nestlé in the UK.
News from the Field
Women's Health Insurance Awareness Campaign, from Raising Women's Voices
On Monday, November 9, Raising Women's Voices will launch a national campaign to help women understand how to better use their health insurance coverage to get the care they and their families need, while anticipating the costs. The centerpiece of the campaign is a new guide entitled, My Health, My Voice: A Woman's Step-by-Step Guide to Using Health Insurance, which addresses commonly asked questions. Join the launch events on November 9: the webinar will begin at 2 p.m., and use the hashtag #myhealthmyvoice to join the Twitter chat at 3 p.m.
Workplace Pregnancy Accommodation Website, from Center for WorkLife Law
The Center for WorkLife Law has launched Pregnant@Work, a new website on pregnancy accommodation featuring resources for pregnant women, their health care providers, employers, and attorneys. The website includes state-specific tools to help health care providers write legally appropriate work accommodation notes that will increase the likelihood that pregnant patients receive workplace accommodations, training materials for attorneys who represent pregnant women, resources for pregnant workers, and a compliance training and model policy for employers and their lawyers.
Collective Impact Connection
Building Stories into Collective Impact, from SSIR
Stanford Social Innovation Review has published the final post in a three-part blog series entitled, "Building Many Stories into Collective Impact." The post discusses how using an equity lens will help surface the voices of the community, one of the most important resources to support collective impact.
News & Views
Best for Babes blog: "Insurers Are No Longer Allowed to Deny Coverage for Breastfeeding Mothers!"
The Atlantic: "The Big, Bad Breastfeeding Industry"
Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation blog): "Military moms change the face of breastfeeding"
The Hill: "Time off that really works"