FAM Act Moves Forward in Both Houses of Congress
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's bipartisan Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act was included without objection in a broader legislative package reported out of the Senate Commerce Committee on March 16. The FAM Act, which has 62 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and is endorsed by several public health organizations, will now be considered by the full Senate as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act to fund our nation's air transportation infrastructure. The bill's provisions, which were also included in the House's version of the FAA Reauthorization Act, would require all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk.
NBCC Call for Proposals Deadline: Friday, April 1
The United States Breastfeeding Committee will convene the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference from August 5-7, 2016, in Arlington, VA. The 2016 theme is A New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement. Breastfeeding coalitions, individuals, and other organizations are invited to submit presentation proposals by the April 1 deadline for breakout panel sessions, breakfast table topics, and posters.
Racial Equity Webinar 3/22: Cultural Safety
Join us Tuesday, March 22, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET for the next session in the USBC Racial Equity webinar series, "Building Cultural Safety into Lactation Care," presented by Uzazi Village Executive Director Sherry Payne. Cultural Safety is a concept that comes from the Maori of New Zealand. It is the idea that only a people themselves can define what is culturally appropriate care for them. This concept applies aptly to African Americans who suffer from ongoing racially-based perinatal health inequities including in the area of breastfeeding promotion and support. This webinar will explore what culturally safe care in lactation looks like for African Americans. If you're already registered for the series, no further action is needed: you'll receive e-mail reminders with access info. If you're not yet registered, register online. The series recordings and presentation materials are also archived online.
Proposed Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, from DOL
The Department of Labor has announced that they are delaying the deadline for comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The National Partnership for Women and Families has developed talking points for public comments. The new deadline is Tuesday, April 12.
Miracle Milk Stroll, from BFB
Best for Babes has issued a call for individuals willing to coordinate strolls in their area for the annual Miracle Milk Stroll, a collaborative project that supports the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, La Leche League USA, the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association, NEC Society and Best for Babes. Help get more human milk to fragile babies and grow the breastfeeding and human milk cause to be on par with Komen and Relay for Life! Click "Host a Stroll" on the event website, or for more information contact Best for Babes. Read the press release.
Child Care Collaboratives Video, from Nemours Children's Health System
Nemours has produced a short video highlighting the National Early Child Care Collaboratives program funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Prevention and Public Health Fund to promote healthy eating and physical activity in child care centers. The video features testimonials from providers and parents about the impact of the program in their own words.
USBC Receives 2015 President's Award, from Lamaze International
At the 2015 Lamaze International Annual Conference, the USBC was presented with the Lamaze International President's Award. This award is given at the discretion of the President to an individual or organization that embodies the spirit of the Lamaze mission and vision, improving the quality of care for mothers, babies, and families.
New/Revised Clinical Protocols, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released four new or revised Clinical Protocols in Breastfeeding Medicine:
- ABM Clinical Protocol #26: Persistent Pain with Breastfeeding
- ABM Clinical Protocol #19: Breastfeeding Promotion in the Prenatal Setting, Revision 2015
- ABM Clinical Protocol #18: Use of Antidepressants in Breastfeeding Mothers
- ABM Clinical Protocol #13: Contraception During Breastfeeding, Revised 2015
App Update, from Text4Baby
Text4baby has announced that an updated version of the Text4baby app has been launched in both the iOS and Android stores. The free app now features a new design, a personalized visit calendar, and a new vaccination tracker to help moms keep track of baby's vaccines. The Text4baby website features FAQs and promotional flyer advertising the app.
Pregnant Worker's Fairness Act Action Tool, from NWLC
The National Women's Law Center is partnering with MomsRising and other organizations to petition Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The bill would let pregnant workers continue to do their jobs and support their families by requiring employers to make the same sorts of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions that they do for disabilities. Individuals are invited to take action on the easy action tool.
News from the Field
Healthy Eating Research Funding Opportunity, from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced Round 10 of Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, a funding opportunity for studies related to nutrition and healthy eating. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and children who live in lower-income communities. The deadline for concept papers is May 11.
BFHI Systematic Review, from Maternal and Child Nutrition
The journal Maternal and Child Nutrition has published an article entitled, "Impact of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative on breastfeeding and child health outcomes: a systematic review." The study of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) found that adherence to the BFHI Ten Steps has a positive impact on short-term, medium-term and long-term breastfeeding outcomes, with a dose–response relationship between the number of BFHI steps women are exposed to and the likelihood of improved breastfeeding outcomes. It also found that community support (Step 10) appears to be essential for sustaining impacts in the longer term.
Paid Family Leave Videos, from VICE Broadly & Patagonia
VICE Broadly and Patagonia have each released videos in support of paid family leave. In honor of International Women's Day, VICE Media released an episode of Ovary Action, "Maternity Leave," which includes an interview with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, among others. Patagonia released a new video in support of the Family Act featuring Patagonia employees and CEO Rose Marcario.
Childhood Obesity Issue Brief, from Healthy Eating Research
Healthy Eating Research has released a new issue brief entitled, The Impact of the First 1,000 Days on Childhood Obesity. The brief presents evidence on risk factors for developing childhood obesity and on interventions that could prevent childhood obesity during the period from conception through age 2. It is based on two review papers examining the evidence on risk factors and interventions, published online in February in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Collective Impact Connection
Reaching Millennials, from IAP2
The term "Millennials" refers to young adults between the ages of 17 and 36 years old. Despite common assumptions, Millennials are extremely optimistic about the power of collective action and they are seeking authentic opportunities to participate in their communities. Engaging Millennials should be a priority for any group seeking to create lasting social change, however, this engagement requires a new perspective and a different set of tools. Ipsos Public Affairs conducted a survey that demonstrated that Millennials may be missing-in-action because they simply do not have the time to engage in the ways other generations have. The study found three major conclusions, described in a blog post from the International Association of Public Participation-Canada.
News & Views
The Washington Post: "I had to go back to work two weeks after my premature son left the hospital"