Weekly Wire: October 19, 2019

Weekly Wire: October 19, 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​
    • Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act Sign On Letter Delivered
    • Collective Impact Webinar on Shared Learning
    • New and Improved Advocacy Webpages Published
  • International News
    • ​Study on Intimate Partner Violence and Breastfeeding, summarized from PLOS
  • National News​
    • Bill Introduced to Require Lactation Accommodations in Small Airports, summarized from Congress
    • Community-Based Organization Funding Opportunity, summarized from NACCHO
    • Community Health Centers and Continuity of Care Webinar, summarized from NACCHO
    • State of Childhood Obesity Website, summarized from RWJF
    • Consumer Update on Cannabis Use While Breastfeeding or Pregnant, summarized from FDA
    • Paid Family and Medical Leave Resources for Small Businesses, summarized from Main Street Alliance
  • State/Community News
    • Updated State Paid Family and Medical Leave Chart, summarized from A Better Balance
    • Policy Brief on Support for Pregnant Workers in Indiana, summarized from IIWF
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Equity in Early Care and Education, summarized from NOW at Vital Village
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Paper on Community Innovation, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act Sign On Letter Delivered

The USBC has delivered a joint letter thanking Senator Duckworth and Senator Fischer for introducing the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act, the Senate companion bill for the Small Airports Mothers' Room Act. The thank you letter was signed by 35 international, national, and tribal organizations and 52 regional, state, and local organizations. In July, USBC delivered a joint letter in support of the Small Airports Mothers' Room Act that was signed by 27 international, national, and tribal organizations and 33 regional, state, and local organizations. Thank you to all signatories!

Collective Impact Webinar on Shared Learning

Join the USBC on Tuesday, October 22, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Surveying the Landscape: Developing a Plan for Shared Learning." This webinar will share USBC's approach to "incubation conversations" — initial meetings of stakeholder organizations who share interest in and capacity to work on a particular topic. Sharing examples from years of supporting and leading collaborative groups within the USBC network, USBC Deputy Director Amelia Psmythe will walk participants through a series of steps to surface what is known about an issue, what is emergent, and who else needs to be in the conversation in order to create an action plan for shared learning. By developing a shared understanding of the topic, the collaborative group can be optimally poised to create the policy, systems, and environmental changes that will improve the lived-experience of breastfeeding families. Register for the webinar

New and Improved Advocacy Webpages Published

The USBC has updated and reorganized the Policy & Actions webpages on the USBC website. There is now a simple and streamlined way to access current information on legislation that impacts breastfeeding families as well as resources to support the field's advocacy efforts.

International News

Study on Intimate Partner Violence and Breastfeeding, summarized from PLOS

PLOS Medicine has published a study titled "Maternal exposure to intimate partner violence and breastfeeding practices in 51 low-income and middle-income countries: A population-based cross-sectional study." The study examined the association of maternal exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) with early initiation of breastfeeding (within one hour of birth) and exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months. The authors found that mothers exposed to any form of IPV (physical, sexual, or emotional violence) were less likely to initiate breastfeeding early and breastfeed exclusively in the first six months.

National News

Bill Introduced to Require Lactation Accommodations in Small Airports, summarized from Congress

Senator Duckworth and Senator Fischer have introduced the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act (S. 2638), 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. Read the press releases from Senator Duckworth and Senator Fischer

Community-Based Organization Funding Opportunity, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has announced a funding opportunity for local health departments and other community-based organizations located within a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) recipient jurisdiction. Awardees will work collaboratively with a REACH recipient to increase collective impact and improve breastfeeding community continuity of care through the adoption of policy, system, and environmental changes. The goal is to increase both REACH and selected grantee's capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services in the community. Applicants must be in one of the 31 REACH communities and be willing to establish or be an existing partner of a REACH recipient and serve the same population. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 5.

Community Health Centers and Continuity of Care Webinar, summarized from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials on Tuesday, November 12, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Key Community Partners in Establishing Breastfeeding Continuity of Care: Community Health Centers Webinar." Participants will learn about the role of Community Health Centers in breastfeeding continuity of care and hear about four unique organizational breastfeeding support model implementations.

State of Childhood Obesity Website, summarized from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released "The State of Childhood Obesity." The website includes collated data and trends on childhood and adult obesity from major surveys that track rates at the national and state levels, priority policies for reducing childhood obesity, and state-specific obesity briefs. The website highlights the role of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including breastfeeding support, in reducing obesity. 

USBC Insight: Breastfeeding is a proven primary prevention strategy, building a foundation for life-long health and wellness. Breastfed children have a reduced risk of obesity. 

Consumer Update on Cannabis Use While Breastfeeding or Pregnant, summarized from FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has published a consumer update titled "What You Should Know About Using Cannabis, Including CBD, When Pregnant or Breastfeeding." The consumer update strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The publication highlights common forms of CBD, THC, and marijuana and the known effects of each.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Resources for Small Businesses, summarized from Main Street Alliance

Main Street Alliance has published the "2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave Toolkit." The toolkit includes basic information and action steps for small business owners to advance paid leave, from social media to hosting a meeting with policy leaders. In addition, Main Street Alliance has published the "2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave Storybook," highlighting stories from small business owners.

State/Community News

Updated State Paid Family and Medical Leave Chart, summarized from A Better Balance

A Better Balance has updated the "Comparative Chart of Paid Family and Medical Leave Laws in the United States." The updated chart reflects new laws passed in Connecticut and Oregon. Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia have paid family leave laws. This document provides an overview of each law, including coverage, funding mechanism, and benefits.

Policy Brief on Support for Pregnant Workers in Indiana, summarized from IIWF

The Indiana Institute for Working Families has published a policy brief titled "Supporting Pregnant Workers." The policy brief describes the needs of pregnant and nursing workers and provides policy recommendations to help women continue working safely while pregnant, recovering from childbirth, and returning to the workforce. The policy brief is part of a series on combating wage and wealth gaps.

Equity Lens

*Webinar on Equity in Early Care and Education, summarized from NOW at Vital Village

Join the Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) at Vital Village on Thursday, November 7, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Strategies for Centering Equity in Early Care and Education." The session will provide an opportunity to learn from NOW peer mentor coalitions around challenges, successes, and lessons learned as they work to address equity for children and families in their communities. The California Consortium for Equity in Early Care and Education will also discuss their efforts to build pathways for emerging and current leaders of color in early care and education who have directly experienced inequity, trauma, and social injustice. A Spanish-language interpretation line will be available during the session.

Collective Impact Connection

Paper on Community Innovation, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a paper titled "Creating Fertile Soil: Catalyzing Community Innovation." The paper highlights some of the important enabling conditions for Community Innovation, explores the many roles that changemakers can play in supporting innovation, and provides a framework for identifying where action might be most needed in a community.

News & Views

Greenfield Recorder: "Editorial: State's paid leave act a win for workers"

Reuters: "Breastfeeding gap widens between black and white U.S. babies"

The New York Times: "Mothers Band Together to Save Breast Milk During California Power Outage"

The Riveter: "Motherhood Bias: What to Know and How to Fight It"

WBUR: "'You Should Have Told Me You Planned To Have Kids': Your Stories Of Pregnancy Discrimination"

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