Weekly Wire: August 15, 2019

Weekly Wire: August 15, 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:

  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • National News​
    • New Nutrition Webpage, summarized from MCHB
    • Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act Implementation Cost Estimate, summarized from CBO
    • Study on Pediatric Association Sponsorships from Breast-Milk Substitute Manufacturers, summarized from BMJ
    • Report on Impact of Dietary Guidelines on Health Outcomes, summarized from UCS
    • Report on Healthy People 2030 Leading Health Indicators, summarized from NASEM
  • Equity Lens​
    • Webinar on Reaching Healthy People Objectives, summarized from RHRG
    • Webinar on Children's Health Programs to Achieve Health Equity, summarized from NICHQ
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2019 is Support Changes Everything. There are four sub-themes focusing on the following:

Help celebrate 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 hashtags #NBM19 and #SupportChangesEverything. Highlights from the field include: 

  • USBC: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has launched an action tool titled "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families." Individuals may contact their Members of Congress urging support for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breastfeeding support program funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.  
  • *DOL: Join the U.S. Department of Labor ePolicyWorks initiative on Tuesday, August 20, from 1-2 p.m. ET for the Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Twitter Chat. Join the conversation at hashtag #EPWChat to share your ideas on how DOL can help employers and breastfeeding families understand their responsibilities and rights under Section 7(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act – Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision. 
  • *NPA: The National Perinatal Association has published the Breastfeeding Diversity Library featuring downloadable images showing a wide representation of people and a variety of infant feeding methods.
  • NBW: Native Breastfeeding Week is August 11-17! The celebration will highlight the Native Breastfeeding experience in all forms through the visibility of personal testimonies, partner experiences, research, articles, barriers, and/or successes. Join the conversation at hashtag #NativeBreastfeedingWeek. 

State/Community Events: In honor of NBM, we are featuring celebrations and events from throughout the country. Please share additional events and action opportunities for future editions of the Weekly Wire NBM State/Community Events Sections via the online form.

National News

*New Nutrition Webpage, summarized from MCHB

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has announced the release of the MCHB Nutrition webpage. Nutrition is vital to the healthy development and well-being of infants, children, youth, and adults, including those with special health care needs. MCHB's programs promote the nutritional well-being of maternal and child health populations across the lifespan, including through breastfeeding support. The webpage features information on MCHB's initiatives focused on State Partnerships, Innovation, Cross-Cutting Collaborations, and Training and Education.

Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act Implementation Cost Estimate, summarized from CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has published a cost estimate titled "H.R. 3246, Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019." H.R. 3246 would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the Transportation Security Administration's implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act. Using information about the cost of other GAO studies, CBO estimates that the review would cost less than $500,000.

Study on Pediatric Association Sponsorships from Breast-Milk Substitute Manufacturers, summarized from BMJ

BMJ has published an article titled "Sponsorship of national and regional professional paediatrics associations by companies that make breast-milk substitutes: evidence from a review of official websites." This is the first study to systematically document the extent of conflicts of interest in national paediatric associations with regard to manufacturers of breast-milk substitutes. Despite the well-documented importance of breastfeeding and the widespread recognition that commercial influences can shape the behaviours of healthcare professionals, national and regional paediatric associations commonly accept funding from companies that manufacture and distribute BMS. Of the 152 paediatric associations, websites were identified for 109 and an additional five had Facebook pages, yielding a total of 114 associations with an online presence (75%). Overall, 68 of the paediatric associations with an online presence (60%) documented receipt of some kind of financial support from BMS companies, either in the form of sponsorship or payment for services. This was highest in the Americas region, with 23 of 28 (82%) associations receiving some sort of funding from BMS companies. 

Report on Impact of Dietary Guidelines on Health Outcomes, summarized from UCS

The Union of Concerned Scientists has published a report titled "Delivering on the Dietary Guidelines (2019): How Stronger Nutrition Policy Can Cut Healthcare Costs and Save Lives." The report describes the role of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAC), analyzes the potential benefits of meeting science-based dietary recommendations, and recommends five actions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services secretaries to ensure that the work of the DGAC is effectively translated into guidelines that offer the best opportunities for all of us to achieve healthy diets. Beginning with the 2020 edition, the DGAC will expand to include for the first time, guidance for infants and toddlers (from birth to age 24 months) and women who are pregnant and lactating. 

Report on Healthy People 2030 Leading Health Indicators, summarized from NASEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have published a report titled "Criteria for Selecting the Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2030." Every ten years, the Department of Health and Human Service's Healthy People Initiative develops a new set of science-based, national objectives with the goal of improving the health of all Americans. The report makes recommendations for the development of Leading Health Indicators for the Healthy People 2030 framework. The authoring committee's assessments inform their recommendations for the Healthy People Federal Interagency Workgroup in their endeavor to develop the latest Leading Health Indicators. The report also reviews and reflects upon current and past Healthy People materials to identify gaps and new objectives.

USBC Insight: The Healthy People initiative has helped drive attention to breastfeeding rates and breastfeeding support. The Breastfeeding Public Health Partners have released "Background, Rationale & Template Comments for Breastfeeding Objectives within Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030" with information on the history of breastfeeding within the Healthy People initiative. The proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030 includes one breastfeeding objective on exclusive breastfeeding at six months. Breastfeeding has not been selected as a Leading Health Indicator in previous iterations of Healthy People. 

Equity Lens

Webinar on Reaching Healthy People Objectives, summarized from RHRG

Join the Rural Health Research Gateway on Tuesday, August 20, from 12-1 p.m. ET for the "Have Healthy People 2020 Benchmarks for Leading Causes of Death Been Met in Rural and Urban Areas?" webinar. Analyzing progress toward targets set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Healthy People 2020 program for the leading causes of death is important. It is unclear whether progress is consistent when considering urban versus rural residence, race and ethnicity, gender, and census region. The purpose of this webinar is to report findings from an analysis of death rates for seven major causes of death (coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unintentional injury, and suicide) in light of Healthy People 2020 benchmarks. 

Webinar on Children's Health Programs and Health Equity, summarized from NICHQ

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality on Wednesday, August 21, from 1-2 p.m. ET for the "Moving the Needle on Health Equity: Two Experts Share Successful Programs and Lessons Learned" webinar. The webinar will highlight strategies children's health programs and organizations can take to move the needle towards health equity. The second webinar in NICHQ's Health Equity Series, the presentation will share experiences from two health equity champions: Arthur R. James, MD, an obstetrician, gynecologist and pediatrician who has sought to improve care for underserved populations for the entirety of his medical career; and Denise Evans, MM, MA, a certified facilitator on cultural intelligence and unconscious bias.

News & Views

*Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: National Organization Letter to DHS and DPC on CBP Nutrition Standards

Baby Insiders: "Breastfeeding my three-year-old is an act of resistance"

Better Work: "Mothers@Work: supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace"

*Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association: "Groundbreaking Health Technology to Improve Birth Outcomes"

Good Morning America: "3 moms share unique breastfeeding experiences: 'I was losing my mind'"

Health City: "Breastfeeding Coalition Targets Racial Disparities, Workforce Development"

MarketWatch: "Global Breastfeeding Accessories Market to Reach $2,844.64 Million, Globally, by 2026 at 7.95% CAGR"

Santa Cruz Sentinel: "County employees follow new Lactation Accommodation Policy"

Scientific American: "Do Science. Pump. Repeat."

The Takeaway: "The Racial Divide of Breastfeeding in the US"

The Washington Post: "Six things I've learned about making breast-feeding accessible for all"

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