Weekly Wire: October 10, 2019

Weekly Wire: October 10, 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​
    • Organizational Sign-On Letter in Support of Lactation Accommodations in Small Airports
    • Welcome New USBC Members: Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. and La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education
    • Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • International News
    • ​Report on Workforce Nutrition Programs, summarized from SBN
  • National News​
    • Facebook Live Event on Safe Sleep, summarized from CDC
    • Postpartum Self-Care Resource Launched, summarized from CGBI
    • House Report on Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act, summarized from Congress
  • State/Community News
    • Webinar on Supporting Breastfeeding Families, summarized from MBN
    • Webinar on Improving Community Health, summarized from RWJF
    • Report on State Paid Leave Programs, summarized from NPWF
    • Data on In-Hospital Breastfeeding Rates Released, summarized from CDPH
  • Equity Lens
    • Resource on Advancing Racial Equity in Research, summarized from Child Trends
    • Podcast on Strategies for Racial Justice, summarized from Race Forward
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Organizational Sign-On Letter in Support of Lactation Accommodations in Small Airports

Senator Duckworth and Senator Fischer are preparing to introduce the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act, the Senate companion bill for the Small Airports Mothers' Room Act introduced in the House in June. Under current law, all large- and medium-sized airports are required to provide a clean, private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for the expression of breast milk. The Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act would expand this provision to small hub airports. USBC has launched a joint letter thanking the Senators for introducing the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act, to be delivered shortly after the bill's introduction. Organizations are invited to sign on to the letter by completing the online form. The deadline to sign on is Friday, October 11. 

Welcome New USBC Members: Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. and La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education

Established in 2007, the Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (ABC) is a statewide multidisciplinary organization of individuals with the mission to improve the health and well-being of Arkansans by working collaboratively to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. ABC's membership is composed of mothers, healthcare professionals, and advocates from the birth and breastfeeding field. Arkansas has two laws that support breastfeeding families: one protects a woman/parent's right to breastfeed in public and the other requires employers to provide reasonable unpaid break time to employees who need to express or pump breast milk. The coalition is engaged in multisector initiatives to improve workplace lactation accommodation in communities facing the greatest barriers to breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. ABC partners with stakeholders to host and support symposia and community learning events to build capacity among practitioners and advocates across the state. Learn more about their work here!

The La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education (LLL Alliance) is a division of La Leche League International in the United States. LLL Alliance offers a host of services and support for La Leche League Leaders, health care providers, parents and families, and administrators to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. LLL Alliance helped develop the "Live, Love, Latch" event with LLL USA as a means of promoting breastfeeding awareness to communities. In partnership with affiliates, area networks, and La Leche League International, LLL Alliance plays a key role to advance the global mission of La Leche League. Learn more about their work here!

Indigenous Peoples' Day

The USBC will be closed on Monday, October 14, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day. We look forward to connecting with you all again on Tuesday!

International News

Report on Workforce Nutrition Programs, summarized from SBN

The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network has published a report titled "Addressing Workforce Nutrition Commitments: Guidance for Global Members of the SUN Business Network (SBN) 2019." The report highlights examples of workforce nutrition programs from its global members in order to foster peer learning and best practice exchange among its members. The report showcases a variety of initiatives that SBN global members have designed and implemented around five categories, including breastfeeding support.

National News

*Facebook Live Event on Safe Sleep, summarized from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, October 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a #SafeSleep Facebook Live event. Watch a demonstration and start a conversation on #SafeSleep practices to prevent sleep-related infant deaths. Tune in on the CDC Facebook Page.

*Postpartum Self-Care Resource Launched, summarized from CGBI

The 4th Trimester Project has launched NewMomHealth.com. The new website provides evidence-based, non-directive postpartum health information to help mothers thrive, including information on infant feeding. The 4th Trimester Project is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social Work, the Center for Maternal and Infant Health within the School of Medicine, and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute within the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The 4th Trimester Project connects new mothers, health care providers, researchers, public health professionals, community leaders, and other stakeholders from across the globe to identify unmet postpartum health needs, build knowledge, and create solutions.

House Report on Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act, summarized from Congress

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has released House Report 116-221 - Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019. The report details the bill purpose, background, legislative history, Congressional Budget Office report, bill analysis, and more. The report recommends that the House of Representatives pass the bill without amendment. 

State/Community News

Webinar on Supporting Breastfeeding Families, summarized from MBN

Join the Michigan Breastfeeding Network on Tuesday, October 15, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Counseling 101: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding Promotion, Protection and Support Across Disciplines." Research supports the need for changes in health care practices related to breastfeeding care practices, but lack of support from health care providers is a common complaint voiced by breastfeeding families. This webinar will explore clinical and communication barriers to breastfeeding support and provide fundamental breastfeeding counseling concepts aimed to improve support and protection of optimal infant feeding.

Webinar on Improving Community Health, summarized from RWJF

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Tuesday, October 22, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Exploring Action Learning Guides: Your Roadmaps to Action." The webinar will explore ways in which participants can work with members of their community to improve health by focusing on creating equitable opportunities for everyone to be healthy, partnering with residents to identify priorities and make decisions, using data to inform action, and broadening their reach by changing policies that can improve community health.

Report on State Paid Leave Programs, summarized from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has published a report titled "Paid Leave Works: Evidence from State Programs." The report summarizes research from the four states that have implemented paid family and medical leave programs – California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York – and includes new data on total numbers of claims and the percentage of the covered workforce that is using the programs. The resource consolidates research from the states on the benefits to employers, from cost savings to improved productivity. It also includes research on the impact of paid leave on workers and families' economic security and health.

Data on In-Hospital Breastfeeding Rates Released, summarized from CDPH

The California Department of Public Health, Center for Family Health has published the 2018 in-hospital breastfeeding data. California in-hospital infant feeding practices are monitored using data collected by the Newborn Screening (NBS) Program. All non-military hospitals providing maternity services are required to complete the Newborn Screening Test Form. In addition to tracking genetic diseases and metabolic disorders, the NBS program gathers data on all infant feedings from birth to time of specimen collection, usually 24 to 48 hours since birth. The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program staff analyze these data and publish breastfeeding rates by hospital, county, and the state. All hospitals are encouraged to utilize these data to integrate Quality Improvement efforts within the perinatal unit to ensure policies and practices are supportive of breastfeeding. 

Equity Lens

Resource on Advancing Racial Equity in Research, summarized from Child Trends

Child Trends has released a resource titled "A Guide to Incorporating a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective Throughout the Research Process." This guide, a working document, provides concrete ways in which researchers can incorporate a racial and ethnic equity perspective at every stage of the research process: landscape assessment, study design and data collection, data analysis, and dissemination.

Podcast on Strategies for Racial Justice, summarized from Race Forward

Race Forward has launched Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast. The podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts provide their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, in the effort to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. 

News & Views

The Lily: "Six things to know about making breast-feeding accessible for all moms"

The Huffington Post: "2 Million Federal Workers Don't Get Paid Family Leave. That Might Change."

The Register-Guard: "Guest View: PMFL would help, not hurt, small businesses"

BMJ Opinion: "Conflict of interest and the infant formula industry—a call to action"

OC Weekly: "OC Supes to Vote on Developing a New County Lactation Policy"

Scary Mommy: "Lactation Rooms Should Never Ever Be Toilet Stalls"

The Hill: "California was a paid leave pioneer — now it's time for Congress to act"

The Conversation: "Breastfeeding can help tackle climate crisis but it's on governments, not mums to save the world"

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