Weekly Wire: August 23, 2018

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USBC Updates

Lactation Support Provider Training Directory Launched

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, in partnership with the Lactation Support Providers Constellation, has launched the Lactation Support Provider Training DirectoryThere are many ways that individuals can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality lactation support. The Training Directory outlines national training courses that are offered both in-person and online. If you are a member of a national organization and want to submit information about training opportunities, please contact aspeece@usbreastfeeding.org 


Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

The USBC has launched the National Breastfeeding Month 2018 webpage, highlighting four weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Policy Pulse 
    Finding Solutions: Small policy changes can go a long way toward supporting breastfeeding families
  • Week 2: Special Circumstances & Emergency Preparedness 
    Always Ready: Resources and guidance on how to manage feeding during an emergency
  • Week 3: Call to Action 
    Answering the Call: Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier
  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week 
    Love on Top: On top of joy, on top of grief, on top of everything

Help celebrate these exciting events by letting us know if your organization has an NBM webpage, resources, or virtual events planned via the online submission form and join the conversation at hashtag #NBM18. Highlights from the field include:


Federal News

2018 Breastfeeding Report Card Released, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the "2018 Breastfeeding Report Card." Six indicators profile the extent to which infants are breastfed: (1) Ever breastfed, (2) Breastfeeding at 6 months, (3) Breastfeeding at 12 months, (4) Exclusive breastfeeding through 3 months, (5) Exclusive breastfeeding through 6 months, and (6) Breastfed infants receiving formula before 2 days of age. These indicators are the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2020, the nation's health priorities. The report documents that in the United States, most infants start out breastfeeding, but many stop earlier than recommended. Among infants born in 2015 in the United States, 4 out of 5 (83.2%) started to breastfeed, over half (57.6%) were breastfeeding at 6 months, and over one-third (35.9%) were breastfeeding at 12 months. Compared to rates for infants born in 2014, rates for infants born in 2015 increased for breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months. The rates of exclusive breastfeeding through 3 and 6 months have generally been increasing each year; however, they stayed virtually the same among infants born in 2015, compared with infants born in 2014. Approximately 1 in 6 (17.2%) breastfed infants born in 2015 received formula supplementation within the first 2 days of life. In 2018, 26.1% of live births occurred at Baby-Friendly facilities. 

Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act Introduced, from Congress

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with 13 co-sponsors, has introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act in the Senate. The CARE Act is intended to end preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and reduce racial disparities in maternal health outcomes through evidence-based quality improvements, such as implicit bias training and pregnancy medical homes.

Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge, from HRSA

The U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration, Maternal and Child Health Division, has announced plans to launch a "Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge" next month. The challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support tech innovations to improve access to quality health care, including substance use disorder treatment, recovery, and support services for pregnant women with opioid use disorders, their infants, and families, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas. Interested organizations are invited to sign up for updates.

MMWR Report on Opioid Use Disorder at Labor and Delivery, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report entitled, "Opioid Use Disorder Documented at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, 1999–2014." The report found that the number of women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery has quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. Increasing trends over time were observed in all 28 states with available data. OUD during pregnancy has been associated with a range of negative health outcomes for both mothers and their babies including maternal death, preterm birth, stillbirth, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).


Member News

Joint Letter to Congress Supporting WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Funding, from NWA

The National WIC Association, along with 24 partner organizations, has sent a joint letter to ranking members of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies to support funding the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program at the Senate's Fiscal Year 2019 appropriation of $67.5 million. This funding level represents a $7.5 million, or approximately 15%, increase in funding for the program.


Partner Updates

State-Specific Fact Sheets on Talking to an Employer About Breastfeeding Accommodations, from Center for WorkLifeLaw/ABB

The Center for WorkLife Law and A Better Balance have released a resource for breastfeeding employees titled "How to Talk to Your Boss About Your Pump." Employees can choose their state and learn about planning for pumping and lactation accommodations when returning to work, as well as relevant state and federal laws. The resource is also available in Spanish. 

Advocacy Training Videos, from NACCHO

The National Association for County and City Health Officials has published a video intended to help health departments better communicate with policymakers. Titled "Taking Your Message to Washington Without Leaving Your Local Health Department," the video looks at how to effectively communicate with Members of Congress by providing three scenarios of effective and ineffective communications.

Webinar on Advancing Pregnant Workers Fairness Laws, from ABB/NWLC/NPWF/SCWREN

Join A Better Balance, National Women's Law Center, National Partnership for Women and Families, and South Carolina Women's Rights and Empowerment Network on Monday, September 17, from 1-2:30 pm ET for a video briefing titled, "Strategies for Advancing Pregnant Workers Fairness Laws in Conservative States." The briefing will bring together advocates who have worked or are working on pregnant worker fairness legislation in conservative states to share lessons learned and key messaging, coalition, and legal strategies for moving this legislation.


News From the Field

Updated Directory of State Breastfeeding Laws, from NCSL

The National Conference of State Legislatures has updated the "Breastfeeding State Laws" webpage to include recently passed legislation. The webpage also includes information on federal health reform and nursing mothers. 

2018 State Policy Update, from NFP

Nurse-Family Partnership has published a breakdown of state and local funding victories for families during the 2018 legislative session. The publication includes highlights from each state with expanded funding for home visiting programs and previews plans for the 2019 legislative session.


Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Evaluating Systems Change, from Tamarack

Join Tamarack on Tuesday, September 11, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Planning an Evaluation of Systems Change." The webinar will focus on developmental evaluation approaches to support systems change, as well as useful questions and tools for scoping out an intervention's theory of change, implementation process, and desired outcomes. 

Partnering for Health Equity, from Prevention Institute

The Prevention Institute has published a report titled, "Partnering for health equity: Grassroots organizations on collaborating with public health agencies." A synthesis of interviews with organizational leaders from across the country, the report explores how grassroots and community-based organizations have worked with public health agencies to navigate systemic, structural, and political challenges to address health inequities and racial injustices.


News & Views

ACLU Nebraska: "ICE Vs. Nebraska Nice: An Account Of The Immigration Enforcement Raid In O'Neill"

CBS Local: "Local breastfeeding advocates demand Nestlé stop aggressively marketing formula to new moms"  

Conversations in Equity (CDC blog): "Mission Possible: Achieving Health Equity through Inclusive Public Health Practice"  

U.S. News & World Report: "Brooklyn Initiative Addresses Economic, Racial Inequalities in Breastfeeding

WABA Breastfeeding Mother Support E-Newsletter: "Establishing A Model Campus-Wide Breastfeeding Program In Connecticut

The Sun Chronicle: "State's paid family and medical leave program should be instituted nationwide

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