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2018 Policy Updates
The USBC is continuing the 2018 Policy Updates email blast series to report on the latest news and actions in breastfeeding policy and legislation. See below for recent installments and stay tuned for future updates:
- Government Shutdown
- Friendly Airports for Mothers Act & Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act
- Federal Budget
- President's Budget
Black History Month
February is Black History Month! The USBC is thrilled to recognize the work of our members and partners, who are working tirelessly to disrupt structural racism within maternal and child health, and advance equity in the First Food field. Thank you Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Uzazi Village, Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association, HealthConnect One, National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition, Missouri-Kansas Black BF Coalition, B-Stars, African American Breastfeeding Cultural Outreach Taskforce of Alameda County, and many other organizations, individuals, and communities dedicated to advancing community-based support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and beyond. Please share with us about organizations/coalitions/movements in your cities, counties, and states that are making a difference in the Racial Equity Learning Community. In addition to discussion forums to support rich conversations and networking, find a variety of information and resources, as well as archived files and recordings from the Racial Equity Webinar Series. Please join us!
- You will need to be logged in to the USBC website to view and join the online community. If you do not yet have a user account, sign up here for instant access.
- Then, go to the learning community home page and click the "Join Community" button towards the top of the right sidebar.
Alternatively, you may access the public webinar archives without logging in to the website.
Updated Guidance on Breastfeeding and Influenza, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published an updated webpage on breastfeeding and influenza. The webpage includes guidance on what to do if breastfeeding infants or mothers contract influenza, and addresses methods for preventing transmission of influenza to infants. A mother's breast milk contains antibodies and other immunological factors that can help protect her infant from flu and is the recommended source of nutrition for the infant, even while the mother is ill. When an infant has flu, the mother should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk to her infant.
Breastfeeding Support Infographic, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released an infographic highlighting their continued work to support and promote breastfeeding in hospitals, worksites, and communities. The infographic highlights the benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers, how CDC is increasing breastfeeding support for mothers across the nation, and the impact of these efforts on breastfeeding rates.
EMPower Training Initiative Webinars, from CGBI
Join the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and Abt Associates for EMPower Breastfeeding webinars on Wednesday, February 21, and Friday, February 23, at 3 pm ET. The webinars will introduce a new initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that is aimed at improving knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity care practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition. The purpose of both presentations will be to introduce the EMPower Training initiative and provide additional details on recruiting hospitals that may be interested in participating. Advance registration is suggested.
Podcast on Key Studies in 2017, from The Milk Mob
The Milk Mob has published a podcast titled "2017 Breastfeeding Year in Review." The podcast explores key studies on breastfeeding and includes discussion on policy statements, expert opinion recommendations, and studies that were published in 2017. Topics included donor milk, allergies, breastfeeding during pregnancy, and complementary feeding. The podcast is available on iTunes and YouTube.
Infant Mortality Prevention Toolkit, from NICHQ
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published the Infant Mortality CoIIN Prevention Toolkit. The interactive toolkit allows users to learn from participants in the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN). Organized by topics from the initiative, the toolkit features change ideas, case studies, videos and key insights from teams who are working to reduce infant mortality throughout the country.
News from the Field
Applications Open for Breast Pump Hackathon, from MIT Media Lab
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab has issued a call for applicants to participate in the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon." During the event teams will focus on equity and inclusive innovation in breastfeeding, including the development of new or improved breast pumps, breastfeeding supportive technologies, nursing clothing, lactation-friendly spaces, and breastfeeding support programs and services. Applications for the event are open though Wednesday, February 28.
State and Community News
Breastfeeding and Child Custody Toolkit, from Michigan
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has published the "Breastfeeding and Child Custody Toolkit" as part of their Breastfeeding Roadblock Kits series. The toolkit guides readers through the issues surrounding breastfeeding and child custody, including information on the legal landscape. It includes template letters to the court, resources for parents, and a platform for sharing stories.
Collective Impact Connection
Collective Impact Readiness Webinar, from Tamarack Institute
Join Tamarack Institute on Tuesday, February 20, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Building Readiness through the Collective Impact Feasibility Framework." The speakers will look at the Collective Impact Feasibility Framework as a tool to examine the nature of a complex problem and the community pre-conditions that are essential to Collective Impact efforts. They will also answer participant questions about early-stage Collective Impact projects and how to build them for success from the formative stages.
Study Shows How Comparative Health System Initiative Combines Data, from eGEMS
The Journal for Electronic Health Data and Methods has published an article titled "Leveraging Diverse Data Sources to Identify and Describe U.S. Health Care Delivery Systems." The article outlines how the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Comparative Health System Performance (CHSP) initiative provides a model for combining data on patient-centered outcomes from multiple sources despite differences in data sources and collection methods. The CHSP initiative was created to study how health care systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care. Data highlights and reports, as well as the "Compendium of U.S. Health Systems," are all available for public use on CHSP's website.
News & Views
Member and Partner Updates on Gun Violence
- American Academy of Pediatrics: "AAP Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida"
- American Public Health Association: "Gun Violence"
- MomsRising: "We need action on gun violence: No more military-style assault weapons and high-cap magazines!"
- ZERO TO THREE: "Staying Steady in the Face of Tragedy: Guidance for Parents of Young Children"