Weekly Wire: March 28, 2019
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
- Invitation to Join Sign On Letter in Support of Federal Appropriations for Breastfeeding: Deadline March 29
- Invitation to Join Sign On Letter in Support of Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act: Deadline March 29
- NBCC Registration & Marketing Opportunities
- Invitation to Complete USBC Membership Application: Priority Deadline March 31
- Welcome New USBC Members: Alabama Breastfeeding Committee, Asian Breastfeeding Taskforce, and New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc!
- Federal News
- Healthy Start Initiative Funding Awarded, summarized from HRSA
- Pregnancy and Lactation Task Force Renewed, summarized from NIH
- Members News
- National Public Health Week Twitter Chat, summarized from APHA
- CenteringParenting Implementation Grant, summarized from CHI
- Research Study on Milk Expression and Storage, summarized from LLL
- Partner News
- New Website on Enforcing Paid Sick Day Laws, summarized from CLASP
- News from the Field
- Article on Pregnancy Outcomes in U.S. Prisons, summarized from AJPH
- Global Toolkit on Human Milk Banking, summarized from PATH
- Webinar on Maternal Mortality and Paid Leave, summarized from IWPR
- State/Community News
- Lactation Accommodation Resources, summarized from New York City
- Equity Elements
- Black Maternal Health Week Webinars, summarized from BMMA
- Immigration Policy and Access to Health Services, summarized from NYU IHDSD
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article on Advancing Health Equity, summarized from SSIR
- Webinar on Legal Strategies to Achieve Health Equity, summarized from ChangeLab
- News & Views
Invitation to Join Sign On Letter in Support of Federal Appropriations for Breastfeeding: Deadline March 29
USBC has launched a joint letter urging that at least $13 million be directed in Fiscal Year 2020 for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Hospital & Continuity of Care Breastfeeding Support program. The letter notes that funding could be used to facilitate ongoing, critical efforts to build a strong public health infrastructure of breastfeeding support. Mobilizing funding is a top priority for ensuring the long-term success and sustainability of the First Food field and federal appropriations for breastfeeding comprise a considerable portion of available funding for breastfeeding support efforts. Organizations are invited to sign on by completing the online form. The deadline to sign on is Friday, March 29.
Invitation to Join Sign On Letter in Support of Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act: Deadline March 29
USBC has launched a joint letter calling on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works leaders to discharge the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act from committee so that it can go to the Senate floor for a vote. The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 866/S. 528) would require that certain public buildings that have a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by a member of the public. Organizations are invited to sign on by completing the online form before the deadline on Friday, March 29. USBC has also launched an easy action tool for individuals to ask their Senators to cosponsor the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act and mobilize their colleagues to pass the bill into law. Please share these action opportunities widely with your network.
NBCC Registration & Marketing Opportunities
The USBC has opened registration for the Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC), to be held June 14 & 15, in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme for this year, Taking Equity from Theory to Practice: Advancing Inclusive and Collaborative Breastfeeding Support highlights the event's unique intersection of public health topics, equity learning sessions, and peer sharing. The NBCC will be packed with speakers, events, and networking opportunities. See the Preliminary Program Schedule for more information about the event agenda. The conference also offers a variety of Sponsorship, Advertising & Exhibit Opportunities. Whether you are a company seeking to introduce your products to a new audience or a service organization seeking an alternative promotion strategy, the NBCC offers the extra exposure needed to increase brand awareness. USBC marketing and sponsorship opportunities are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Explore details and pricing.
Invitation to Complete USBC Membership Application: Priority Deadline March 31
The USBC has issued a reminder that organizations interested in becoming USBC members before the annual in-person Membership Meeting and NBCC in June must apply before the priority deadline of Sunday, March 31. The membership of the United States Breastfeeding Committee represents the most unified voice in advocating for breastfeeding policy and practice change in the U.S. The membership network includes more than 50 organizations that support USBC's mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Interested in joining the national collaborative to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding? Explore USBC's new membership categories!
Welcome New USBC Members: Alabama Breastfeeding Committee, Asian Breastfeeding Taskforce, and New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc!
The Alabama Breastfeeding Committee is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC dedicated to working toward the development of resources and partnerships that will lead to the effective promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding within the state. The Alabama Breastfeeding Committee is made up of healthcare professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and IBCLCs, who are experts in the field of maternal and child health. Some of the projects introduced this year are the Better Bama Babies Hospital Recognition Program, the Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Program, and Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses. Learn more about their wonderful work here!
The Asian Breastfeeding Task Force (ABT) is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC that seeks to decrease inequities and normalize breastfeeding in Los Angeles County's Asian communities by improving breastfeeding education and support practices and removing systemic barriers that prevent breastfeeding from flourishing. Since their inception in 2017, the ABT has created a website for Asian-language breastfeeding materials and Asian Breastfeeding services, established a social media presence, and conducted key informant interviews to learn views/perspectives of Asian health professionals, resulting in targeted breastfeeding education and recommendations for system changes. Learn more about their wonderful work here!
The New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc (NYSBC) is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC dedicated to improving the health of New Yorkers by working collaboratively to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Since their formation in 2006, the NYSBC has trained over 350 advocates throughout the state on the Business Case for Breastfeeding, played a role in establishing the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Law, and collaborated with the New York State Paid Family Leave Coalition to advocate for the newly passed Paid Family Leave Law in the state of New York. Learn more about their wonderful work here!
Healthy Start Initiative Funding Awarded, summarized from HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded more than $100 million in grant funding through its Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (known as Healthy Start). Administered by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Healthy Start aims to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in rates of infant death, as well as negative health outcomes in the first 18 months of life. Funding will support a wide range of services for women, children, and families, including breastfeeding support. Read the press release.
Pregnancy and Lactation Task Force Renewed, summarized from NIH
The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has renewed the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC), established in 2016 by the 21st Century Cures Act, for an additional two years. PRGLAC is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. In September 2018, PRGLAC submitted to the HHS Secretary and Congress its report and 15 recommendations. The reconvened task force will now provide advice and guidance to the HHS Secretary on the implementation of these recommendations, which include the following: design research studies to include pregnant women and nursing mothers, unless a scientific justification exists not to; expand the workforce of clinicians and researchers with expertise in obstetric and lactation pharmacology and therapeutics; and remove regulatory barriers that prohibit pregnant women and nursing mothers from participating in research.
National Public Health Week Twitter Chat, summarized from APHA
Join the American Public Health Association on Wednesday, April 3, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the ninth annual National Public Health Week Twitter Chat. National Public Health Week is April 1-7 and the 2019 theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health. The conversation will include all things public health, celebrate everything public health has accomplished, and talk about where the movement is going. Use the official hashtag, #NPHWchat, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying during the event. USBC is a NPHW Partner.
CenteringParenting Implementation Grant, summarized from CHI
The Centering Healthcare Institute has developed a program offering implementation support and facilitation training to eligible sites - primarily in Federally Qualified Health Centers and community health centers. The goals of this program are to increase patient access to Centering care, specifically CenteringParenting family-centered well-child care; to increase the number of Centering sites; and increase CHI reach. Please note that this is not a monetary award, but the granting of in-kind services. The current wave of proposals are due on Friday, May 31.
Research Study on Milk Expression and Storage, summarized from LLL
La Leche League USA has partnered with researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to launch a nationwide study titled "Human Milk at Home: The Reality of Breastfeeding and Providing Expressed Milk." The purpose of this research study is to understand the support families receive with breastfeeding/chestfeeding, with pumping milk, and with deciding how to store and give breast milk. All families currently pumping/expressing breast milk for a baby, 12 months old or younger, are encouraged to participate. All organizations, WIC agencies, and coalitions are encouraged to share with the families they serve. The study will be open until Sunday, April 14.
New Website on Enforcing Paid Sick Day Laws, summarized from CLASP
The Center for Law and Social Policy has launched a website titled "Enforcing Sick Days." The website features resources to support government agencies, employers, employees, and advocates to successfully implement and enforce paid sick days laws. Resources on the site include information about regulations, links to FAQs and forms from jurisdictions with paid sick days laws, research on paid sick days, and much more.
News from the Field
Article on Pregnancy Outcomes in U.S. Prisons, summarized from AJPH
The American Journal of Public Health has published an article titled "Pregnancy Outcomes in US Prisons, 2016–2017." The article reports on a study of national data on pregnancy frequencies and outcomes among women in US state and federal prisons. Overall, 1,396 pregnant women were admitted to prisons; 3.8% of newly admitted women and 0.6% of all women were pregnant in December 2016. The article notes that the majority of women who give birth while in custody will be separated from their newborns soon after delivery, which imposes significant limitations on breastfeeding, bonding, and parental rights.
Global Toolkit on Human Milk Banking, summarized from PATH
PATH has published "Strengthening Human Milk Banking: A Resource Toolkit for Establishing and Integrating Human Milk Banks." PATH convened a Technical Advisory Group in 2017 to develop a roadmap for developing key resources and standards for strengthening integrated human milk banking programs. PATH has developed the toolkit as a compendium of standards to advance the field. The toolkit is comprised of 11 separate core documents and accompanying materials—including templates, standards, and tools—to guide critical steps for establishing human milk banking as an integrated component within breastfeeding support and neonatal care, with an in-depth focus on readiness, quality assurance, operations, auditing, training, monitoring and evaluation, and communications.
Webinar on Maternal Mortality and Paid Leave, summarized from IWPR
Join the Institute for Women's Policy Research and UC Berkeley on Friday, March 29, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Work Supports for Reducing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave." The panel will explore the reasons why Black women disproportionately die as a result of childbirth and the important role that paid family and medical leave plays in reducing maternal mortality, especially for Black women. This webinar is the first of a series of three webinars produced in partnership with the Policies for Action—a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, administered by the Urban Institute—on the impacts of work supports on health outcomes.
Lactation Accommodation Resources, summarized from New York City
The New York City (NYC) Commission on Human Rights has launched a new Lactation Accommodations webpage. The webpage includes model policies and a model request form that may be used by employers to satisfy their requirements under NYC law. Local Law 185 and Local Law 186 (both passed in 2018) require that employers provide employees with lactation accommodations, including a lactation room where employees can pump/express breast milk, and reasonable time to pump/express breast milk. Employers are also required to have a written lactation policy that meets certain requirements under the law and must provide it to all new employees.
Black Maternal Health Week Webinars, summarized from BMMA
The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has announced the 2019 Black Maternal Health Week webinar line-up. Join BMMA on Friday, April 12, from 3-4 p.m. ET for the "Decolonizing Research in Black Maternal Health" webinar. Join BMMA again on Monday, April 15, from 3-4 p.m. ET for the "Maternal Health Policy Priorities for Black Mamas" webinar. Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is April 11-17. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks.
Immigration Policy and Access to Health Services, summarized from NYU IHDSD
The New York University Institute of Human Development and Social Change has published a report titled "Approaches to Protect Children's Access to Health and Human Services in an Era of Harsh Immigration Policy." The report examines the effects of current federal policies on immigrants' access to public benefits, including WIC; highlights barriers to eligible immigrant families accessing social services; and outlines 12 response strategies to mitigate adverse impacts of policies.
Collective Impact Connection
Article on Advancing Health Equity, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled "Using All Our Tools to Advance Equity in the South and Beyond." The article states that inequality, particularly structural racism, remains one of America's deepest challenges. Pushing for equity outcomes requires that we use as many tools as we can: deeply understanding context in place and providing flexible general support grants and program-related investments.
Webinar on Legal Strategies to Achieve Health Equity, summarized from ChangeLab
Join ChangeLab Solutions on Tuesday, April 2, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy." ChangeLab Solutions is launching A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy. This new resource presents legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes. It provides a roadmap for working locally and collaboratively to advance laws and policies that will help ensure that everyone has a fair chance to live a healthy life.
News & Views
HealthConnect One blog: "Breastfeeding in L.A."
Lactation Matters: "Advocacy Update: Research to measure exposure to breastmilk substitute marketing"