Statement on African American History Month, by HHS
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has issued a statement in celebration of African American History Month, highlighting the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and renewing the HHS pledge to ensure that every child in the country has the chance to live a healthy life and reach their full potential.
#BlkBFing Twitter Chat, from MomsRising
Join MomsRising, Ebony.com, mater mea, and Women's eNews on Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. ET for a #BlkBFing Twitter chat on the hidden importance of support for successful breastfeeding. Use hashtag #BlkBFing to follow the powerful conversation featuring Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, HealthConnect One, and Mocha Manual. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IBCLC Care Award, from IBLCE and ILCA
Applications are now open for the IBCLC Care Award for Community-Based Agencies from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). This award recognizes organizations worldwide that hire currently certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC) certificants. Applications must be submitted by March 21. Read the Lactation Matters IBCLC Care Award blog post.
Public Health Infographic, from APHA
The American Public Health Association has published an infographic entitled Public health takes on obesity: A route to better health, which includes the role of breastfeeding in obesity prevention.
FMLA Anniversary, from NPWF
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)! In recognition, the National Partnership for Women and Families has issued a renewed call to action to encourage policymakers to take the next step by passing the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act to establish a national paid leave program. Access to paid leave is proven to have a significant impact on breastfeeding success. Show your support by joining the conversation on Twitter at hashtag #FMLA21, listening to the Let's Talk About It: Advancing Women and Families in 2014 National Telephone Town Hall recording, and by signing the petition in support of the FAMILY Act.
FMLA Blog Carnival, from Family Values @ Work
In honor of the 21st anniversary of the FMLA, Family Values @ Work is hosting a blog carnival: Voices from the States. Activists and national leaders from around the country have written to reflect on this seminal law, the work that has been achieved, and the road ahead.
News from the Field
Home Birth Study, from MANA
The Midwives Alliance of North America has published the largest ever examination of planned home births in the United States, finding that among low-risk women, planned home births result in low rates of birth interventions without an increase in adverse outcomes for mothers and newborns. The study—which looked at nearly 17,000 women and their newborns—found that for planned home births with a midwife in attendance, more than 97% of newborns were at least partially breastfed and 86% were exclusively breastfed at six weeks postpartum. Read the press release.
Health Plan and Community Partnerships Webinar, from TFAH
Join Trust for America's Health on Tuesday, February 11, at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled Investing in a Healthier America: Health Plan and Community Partnerships. Community-based prevention programs, amplified by support from both the public and private sectors, are a critical part of the push to achieve a healthier America. This webinar will highlight ways health plans and communities can work together to support healthy lifestyles.
Bill to Help Breastfeeding Teachers, from VA
A bill requiring schools to provide teachers and other school employees with a private area to pump during the workday has been approved by the Virginia House Education Committee and will now go to the full Virginia House of Delegates.
Breastfeeding Hotline, from TN
The Tennessee Department of Health has launched the Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors and operated in partnership with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. Hotline staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist breastfeeding mothers and partners, their families, expectant mothers, and health care providers seeking breastfeeding support and information. The toll-free number is 1-855-4BF-MOMS (1-855-423-6667).
News and Views
Highlights of media coverage on paid family leave policy:
The Washington Post: "States make moves toward paid family leave"
The Huffington Post: "Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy"
The Huffington Post: "Paid Family Leave Law Long Overdue"
MomsRising blog: "FMLA at Twenty-One: Let's Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work"
Our Milky Way (Healthy Children Project blog): "Lack of breastfeeding education in med school harms families"
The Huffington Post: "Game Changer: SOTU, Women, Fair Pay, Mad Men and Our National Economy"