Last Chance to Submit Comments!
In celebration of the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA), the USBC is mobilizing individuals and organizations to lift up the successes of the past five years and share input to shape our collective direction for the next five years. National, state, and local organizations and coalitions active in breastfeeding support are encouraged to create or update listings in the SGCTA Action Directory. Action Directory content posted or updated by Friday, September 30, will be compiled into a formal report delivered to the Surgeon General. Organizations and individuals are also invited to share written comments on priority action areas and associated implementation strategies for the next five years. The comment forums are hosted on four separate channels (Families & Communities, Health Care, Employment, and Cross-Sector) and will remain open through Friday, September 30. All comments will be compiled into a report delivered to the Surgeon General, the Federal Interagency Breastfeeding Work Group, and the USBC and its network, including USBC-affiliated Constellations pursuing national action.
Resources for State and Local Programs, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has released new resources for State Public Health Actions and High Obesity grantees (and other interested practitioners) to help advance strategies related to physical activity and nutrition issues. The resources include updates to the currently-posted 1305 state profiles, a new state program highlights page with links to stories across topic areas, and a series of success stories focusing on innovative approaches being used by states to make healthy living easier for all Americans. The Breastfeeding: Strategies and Resources webpage features resources, program highlights, and intervention examples for state and local programs funded to increase access to breastfeeding-friendly environments.
BABES Act Advances, from House of Representatives
The Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act (BABES Act), introduced by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), has passed the House with unanimous support. The BABES Act directs the Transportation Security Administration to provide ongoing training so that its agents better support air passengers traveling with breast milk, formula, and infant feeding equipment. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R- NH).
Updated Paid Leave Access Data, from BLS
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the complete set of tables from the National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2016. Access to paid family leave among all civilian workers is now 14 percent, up from 13 percent in 2014 and 2015. Access among private sector workers also increased by one percentage point and is now 13 percent. More than 114 million workers in the United States do not have access to paid family leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member.
Recommendations on Contraception and Breastfeeding, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). These recommendations for health care providers provide guidance on the use of specific contraceptive methods by women and men who have certain characteristics or medical conditions, including revisions to the recommendations for postpartum women and women who are breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Care Gap Webinar, from NACCHO
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials for the second webinar in the Public Health Breastfeeding Series on Wednesday, October 12, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar entitled, "Breastfeeding in the Community: Closing the Care Gap," will address varying mechanisms that can be used to create a continuum of care to promote and support breastfeeding in underserved communities. The webinar will explore how breastfeeding support and promotion services can be integrated into allied public health programs to create sustainable solutions to the care gap, and will include success stories from former grantees of the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer and Professional Support project.
News from the Field
Racial Equity Webinar, from FCI
Forward Community Investments has released a recording of "The National Equity Atlas: Data to Advance Equitable Growth Locally" webinar. The webinar was part of the 2016-2017 Racial Equity Webinar Series. The goal of this series is to provide FCI partners with tools and approaches that can be used to advance social, racial, and economic equity and inclusion within their work.
Workplace Policy and Wage Loss, from Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress has released The Cost of Work-Family Policy Inaction: Quantifying the Costs Families Currently Face as a Result of Lacking U.S. Work-Family Policies. The report highlights how much working families lose in wages because of the failure to enact federal policies that provide paid family and medical leave and affordable child care. The report estimates the losses at $20.6 billion due to lack of access to paid family and medical leave and $8.3 billion due to lack of child care.
Cost Analysis Study, from Maternal & Child Nutrition
A study published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition details the results of a new study to quantify the excess cases of pediatric and maternal disease, death, and costs attributable to suboptimal breastfeeding rates in the United States. Annual excess deaths attributable to suboptimal breastfeeding total 3,340, 78% of which are maternal due to myocardial infarction, breast cancer, and diabetes. Excess pediatric deaths total 721, mostly due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and necrotizing enterocolitis. Medical costs total $3.0 billion, 79% of which are maternal. Costs of premature death total $14.2 billion. For every 597 women who optimally breastfeed, one maternal or child death is prevented. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the health and economic burdens of suboptimal breastfeeding rates in the industrialized world, using Monte Carlo simulation models to include maternal and pediatric disease in a single study.
Collective Impact Connection
Systems Thinking Tools, from FSG
FSG has published a series of tools for supporting organizational learning and systems thinking, along with blogs introducing and sharing guidance for using different tools to support systems thinking and practice. FSG will release more systems thinking tools in the coming months, as well as a new resource on facilitating group learning this winter.
Neighborhood Report, from New York City
The New York City Center for Health Equity has released Feeding Our Future, a Neighborhood Report about the experiences of breastfeeding mothers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville neighborhoods. The study sought to better understand how soon-to-be-moms make infant-feeding decisions and identify potential barriers to breastfeeding as well as actions that each of us can take to make it easier for mothers and babies to breastfeed.
News & Views
- "This mom shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby in a unique way for a *very* important reason"
- "Suicidal mom credits breastfeeding with saving her life"