The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC’s mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.
In this Issue:
- USBC Updates
- NBCC 2019 Call for Presentation Proposals
- 2019 NBCC Award Applications Open
- Breastfeeding Policy Priorities Survey
- Federal News
- Partial Government Shutdown Update, summarized from Congress
- Investigation into Break Time for Nursing Mothers Violation, summarized from DOL
- Federal Budget Update, summarized from Congress
- Member News
- Report on Addressing Substance Use Among Women, Infants, and Families, summarized from ASTHO
- Interpregnancy Care Recommendations to Improve Maternal Health, summarized from ACNM
- Partner News
- Report on Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers, summarized from WLL
- News from the Field
- Study on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Knowledge and Breastfeeding, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article on Benefits of Conflict, summarized from SSIR
- Equity Elements
- Report on Maternal Mortality, summarized from Harvard SPH
- Webinar on Reproductive Justice, summarized from SisterSong
- News & Views
NBCC 2019 Call for Presentation Proposals
The USBC has released the Call for Presentation Proposals for the Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening to be held on June 14 & 15, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The theme of the 2019 NBCC is Taking Equity from Theory to Practice: Advancing Inclusive and Collaborative Breastfeeding Support. Submission of proposals are invited to be considered for breakout panel presentations, lunch table discussions, and poster presentations. Find additional details in the Call for Proposals Guidelines and learn how to quickly and easily submit your proposal by watching the submission process tutorial. The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, January 31.
2019 NBCC Award Applications Open
The USBC has opened the applications for the Emerging Leader, Tribal Trailblazer, and Cultural Change-maker 2019 NBCC Awards. These awards are one component of USBC's efforts to expand its membership network of Tribal, local and cultural breastfeeding coalitions and community-based organizations. Part of a multi-year initiative to promote deeper engagement between maternal and child health stakeholders at State and Local Health departments and State, Territorial, Tribal, Local and Cultural coalitions, participation in the 2019 NBCC will provide opportunities for Awardees to network and participate in collaborative efforts to eliminate systemic barriers to breastfeeding support and improve maternal, infant and child health outcomes. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 15.
Breastfeeding Policy Priorities Survey
The USBC has launched a short online survey titled "116th Congressional Session: Breastfeeding Policy Priorities." Feedback collected from the survey will help USBC identify the top priority issues to focus on during the 116th Congressional session. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, January 10.
Partial Government Shutdown Update, summarized from Congress
The partial government shutdown has continued in the absence of a compromise to fund seven unfinished spending bills comprising 25% of the federal government. Highlights from the field include:
- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs: "Partial Government Shutdown Persists"
- National Association of County & City Health Officials: "News from Washington"
- National WIC Association:
- The New York Times: "Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country"
- United States Department of Agriculture: "USDA Updates Available Functions During Lapse in Funding"
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service:
- United States Department of Health & Human Services: "FY 2019 HHS Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations in the Absence of Enacted Annual Agriculture and Interior Appropriations"
- United States Department of Health & Human Services, Indian Health Services: "Tribal Notification on Status of Federal Funding "
- United States Food and Drug Association: "FDA 2018 Lapse in Funding Information"
Investigation in Arizona into Lactation Accommodations, summarized from DOL
The Department of Labor has published a news release titled "U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Yuma Medical Center Improving Conditions for Nursing Mothers." The release details an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division that found that Yuma Regional Medical Center failed to provide adequate breaks and accommodations for nursing mothers attempting to express breast milk while on the job, violating the Break Time for Nursing Mothers provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The medical center agreed to sign a compliance agreement with the Department requiring the employer to provide training to all their supervisors at all locations, and to provide all employees returning from maternity leave with information on their rights to express milk in the workplace.
Report on Addressing Substance Use Among Women, Infants, and Families, summarized from ASTHO
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has released an ASTHO Report titled "The Role of State Health Leaders in Addressing Substance Use Disorders Among Women, Infants, and Families." As states address the rising challenge presented by substance use disorders (SUD) and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), many are beginning to implement strategies that systematically consider the needs of women, infants, and their families, using a public health approach. State health leaders play a critical role in supporting a comprehensive public health approach. This report highlights six public health approaches for addressing the rising incidence of SUD and NAS—and draws out the critical role that state health leaders play in each.
Interpregnancy Care Recommendations to Improve Maternal Health, summarized from ACNM
The American College of Nurse-Midwives and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health have endorsed an article published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology titled "Interpregnancy Care." Efforts to reduce maternal morbidity have led to an increased focus on improving maternal health before a future pregnancy and across the lifespan. One proposed intervention is improving interpregnancy care. Long understood as an intervention to improve neonatal outcomes, the role of interpregnancy care recently has been recognized for its role in maternal health. This document reviews the existing data on interpregnancy care and offers guidance on providing women with interpregnancy care, including breastfeeding support.
Report on Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers, summarized from WLL
The Center for WorkLife Law has released a report titled "Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers." The report exposes the devastating consequences of breastfeeding discrimination, including job loss, negative health outcomes, sexual harassment, and weaning earlier than doctors recommend. According to the study, 27.6 million women of childbearing age do not have the basic protections needed by all breastfeeding workers. The report features the stories of breastfeeding women who struggled with a lack of accommodations, hostility, and retaliation, including an NYPD police officer, an emergency room nurse, a kindergarten teacher, and a U.S. Air Force Airman. It also offers the seven components of a model policy states can enact to ensure breastfeeding workers are able to earn a living for their families without jeopardizing their health. The report was released alongside an interactive map of state laws that impact breastfeeding workers and a shareable video.
News from the Field
Study on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Knowledge and Breastfeeding, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has published an article titled, "Learning, Life, and Lactation: Knowledge of Breastfeeding's Impact on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and Its Influence on Breastfeeding Practices." The article reports on an investigation to determine whether mothers received information about breast cancer risk reduction during breastfeeding counseling and whether this knowledge affected their decision to initiate and sustain breastfeeding. While several factors affect the initiation and duration of breastfeeding, this study demonstrates that knowledge of association between breastfeeding and breast cancer risk reduction may influence breastfeeding practices.
Collective Impact Connection
Article on Benefits of Conflict, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled "The Upside of Conflict." The article explores how viewing disagreement as healthy in an organization can increase organizational resilience and innovation.
Report on Maternal Mortality, summarized from Harvard SPH
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has published an article titled "America is Failing Its Black Mothers." The article sheds light on the high maternal mortality rates in African American women and highlights the work being done by researchers, journalists, public health workers and policymakers to address this issue.
Webinar on Reproductive Justice, summarized from SisterSong
Join SisterSong on Friday, January 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "What does Reproductive Justice look like in 2019?" Hear insight from an exciting panel of leaders about priorities, emerging issues and opportunities as we strive to advance reproductive justice and work at the intersections of other movements.
News & Views
The New York Times: "'A Pumping Conspiracy': Why Workers Smuggled Breast Pumps Into Prison"
The Huffington Post: "My Wife And I Are Both Breastfeeding Our Son. Here's Why — And How."
The National Law Review: "Mother's Milk: NYC Braces for New Workplace Lactation Room Requirements"
Bumps and Boobs podcast: "Ep. 4: Saving Lives Through Donated Breastmilk Ft. Lindsay Groff"