Register Now for National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference; Racial Equity Pre-Conference Workshop
Online registration is now open for the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, to be held August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. On Saturday, August 2, the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) will facilitate a full day pre-conference workshop entitled Structural Racial Equity: An Introduction, outlining the basics of a structural racial equity approach. CSI is a policy strategy organization that identifies the causes of inequity and works with local community-based and national policy advocacy organizations to co-develop solutions that promote equity and fairness. CSI will share their racial equity analysis and strategies that create structural inclusion for people of all races and incomes. Registration for the main conference is not required for participation in this optional workshop.
Please Welcome New National Nonprofit Member: Baby Café USA
Baby Café USA (BCUSA) promotes the development of U.S. Baby Cafés, specifically targeting underserved areas with low breastfeeding rates. Baby Cafés are drop-in, free-of-charge breastfeeding support centers operated according to standards and guidelines set by BCUSA, including oversight by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Baby Cafés are licensed by BCUSA and individually funded by a wide range of local community, private, and national grants. Baby Café support centers are situated in a variety of community sites including clinics, WIC offices, churches, meeting rooms, malls, and soup kitchens. They are WHO compliant, meet at least once a week, are accessible by public transportation, and offer peer-support counseling as well as professional level lactation care. Baby Cafés fulfill Step 10 of Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative requirements and are currently open in ten states. Baby Cafés provide crucial support to breastfeeding mothers, and gather demographic and statistical data on exclusivity and duration of attending mothers. Preliminary results demonstrate that the model positively impacts the duration goals mothers have set for themselves prenatally: approximately 82% reach their goals; 74% increase their duration goals; and 71% reach the recommendation of breastfeeding until one year of age.
White House Summit on Working Families Updates
On June 23 the White House Council on Women and Girls, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress hosted The White House Summit on Working Families to convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families. A fact sheet was published to lay out an agenda for a 21st century workplace in advance of the summit. The White House also released a blog featuring highlights from the event.
New Reports Released for Summit, from various
The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released the following reports:
- Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility
- The Economics of Paid and Unpaid Leave
- Nine Facts about American Families and Work
The National Partnership for Women & Families has published the third edition of Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents, a comprehensive analysis of state laws governing workplace rights including paid sick days, paid leave, and protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Read the announcement.
The Center for American Progress has released Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now, a report providing insight into the demographics of mothers whose earnings help keep their families afloat, analyzing the most recent data to better understand the patterns and context within which mothers combine wage earning with caregiving.
Family Values @ Work has published Voices from the Front Lines, compelling stories that illustrate what happens when families have—or don't have—access to policies like paid sick days and paid family leave.
MomsRising has published Our Families Need a Lift, a book featuring stories from moms and dads across the country to highlight policies that support families including child care, minimum wage, paid family leave, paid sick days, and equal pay. The book was shared with the President and Members of Congress. Read the press release.
New Worksite Resource for Employers, from OWH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health has launched a new resource, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, at the Society for Human Resource Management annual conference and exposition. The new online resource is designed to give employers a wide range of options and solutions to help employers comply with the Affordable Care Act requirement to have accommodations for employees who are breastfeeding. It provides businesses with practical and cost-effective tips and solutions for any setting and is searchable by industry and by common solutions. Read the press release.
Campaign Updates, from Public Citizen
Public Citizen has published a new report entitled Successful Initiatives to Limit Formula Marketing in Health Care Facilities: Strategic Approaches and Case Studies. The report shows how local, state, and national grassroots initiatives led by nonprofit organizations and government agencies have successfully persuaded thousands of hospitals to end or limit formula promotion to new mothers, particularly through the distribution of infant formula company sponsored discharge bags with samples in maternity wards.
Also, in a recent article in the Dairy Reporter, the International Formula Council dismissed claims made in Public Citizen's recent petition calling on formula manufacturers to abide by the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. In response, Public Citizen issued a joint statement with the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, spurring a follow-up article.
Breastfeeding Articles, from NICHQ
The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) June 2014 newsletter includes an article discussing how to determine fair market value for purchasing infant formula, one of the steps to Baby-Friendly designation. In addition, NICHQ published an article on how to recruit physician champions for improvement projects.
Breastfeeding in Public Bill Signed Into Law, from Michigan
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed SB 674, the Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act, into law on Tuesday, June 24, prohibiting discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of the right to breastfeed.
News and Views
DOL YouTube channel: "Rhode Island State Sen. Gayle Goldin on Paid Leave"
The Huffington Post: "Government Website Teaches Businesses To Support Breastfeeding Workers"
The Huffington Post: "Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills -- They're Basic Needs"