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Participant Report, from USDA/WIC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service has published WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 (PC2012), summarizing the demographic characteristics of participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2012. It includes information on participant income and nutrition risk characteristics, estimates breastfeeding initiation rates for WIC infants, and describes WIC members of migrant farm-worker families. Among the 86 WIC state agencies that reported breastfeeding data for 2012, 67.1% of all 6- to 13-month-old infants and children were currently breastfed or were breastfed at some time, compared with 63.1% in 2010. Nearly half of the WIC state agencies (46.5%) had breastfeeding initiation rates between 60–79%. Only 7.0% of agencies had initiation rates of less than 40% and only 1.2% of agencies had an initiation rate of more than 90%. PC2012 is the most recent in a series of reports generated from WIC state management information system data biennially since 1992. The PC1998 benchmark estimate of breastfeeding initiation was 41.5%. With the exception of 2006–2008, the breastfeeding initiation rate increased approximately 4 percentage points between each PC reporting period from 1998 to 2012.
Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ
In the NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) December 2013 newsletter, Dr. Erin Hamilton Spence, adviser for the Dallas-area birthing centers in the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, shares insight on the hospital collaborative experience in Texas.
News from the Field
Public Health Policy Highlight Brief, from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a new Policy Highlight Brief entitled Return on Investment – Saving Lives and Money. The brief summarizes the findings from major studies on public health and prevention released between 2008 and 2013. Preventing disease and injury is the most cost-effective way to improve health; despite this fact, for every dollar spent on health care in the United States today, only about four cents goes towards public health and prevention. A variety of recent reports and studies show that strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs save lives and money.
Member/Partner/News Roundup on the FAMILY Act Introduction
On Thursday, December 12, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro introduced the FAMILY Act, a bill to establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. Highlights included:
- MomsRising published a statement on the bill's introduction entitled "MomsRising.org Executive Director Calls the FAMILY Act Good for Families, Businesses and Public Health."
- Sixteen blogs were published as part of the MomsRising blog carnival, "Introducing the #FAMILYAct."
- Ask your legislators to cosponsor the FAMILY Act with MomsRising's easy action tool.
From National Partnership for Women & Families
- The National Partnership for Women & Families published a press release on the bill's introduction entitled "The FAMILY Act is Badly Needed to Update the Outdated Workplace Policies That Are Hurting America's Families."
- Ask your legislators to cosponsor the FAMILY Act with the easy action tool from National Partnership for Women & Families.
From Pew Research Center
- The Pew Research Center published a Fact Tank article on paid leave entitled, "Among 38 nations, U.S. is the outlier when it comes to paid parental leave."
From Institute for Women's Policy Research
- The Institute for Women's Policy Research published a blog post entitled, "Bridging the Gap: Bringing the Benefits of Paid Family Leave to American Workers #FAMILYAct."
From Center for Law and Social Policy
- The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a blog post entitled, "Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law Would Help Employers Do Good and Do Well."
- Motherlode (NYTimes.com parenting blog): "New Act Proposes National Paid Family Leave Policy"
- The American Prospect: "Gillibrand Steps Up for Working Women"
The Huffington Post: "Pope Francis Supports Breastfeeding Enough To Know It Needs To Happen In Public"