Weekly Wire: November 15, 2019

Weekly Wire: November 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:

  • USBC Updates​
    • Power Tools Webinar on Relationship Building and Indigenous Breastfeeding Communities
  • National News​
    • FAMILY Act Action Opportunities, summarized from NPWF
  • State and Community News
    • Webinar on State Paid Family and Medical Leave Legislation, summarized from A Better Balance
    • State Fact Sheets on Hunger and Nutrition Programs, summarized from FRAC
    • Action Alert on Massachusetts Legislation on Insurance Coverage for Human Donor Milk, summarized from Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast
    • Webinar on Child Care Provider Support for Breastfeeding, summarized from MIBFN
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Funding Collective Impact Initiatives, summarized from CIF
    • Webinar on Engaging Community Members, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

USBC Updates

Power Tools Webinar on Relationship Building and Indigenous Breastfeeding Communities

Join the USBC and Breastfeeding Hawai'i on Wednesday, November 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Building Relationships: a Key to the Rise of our Indigenous Breastfeeding Communities." This webinar is part of the Power Tools webinar series. During the session, participants will hear an oli, Nā ʻAumakua. This oli (chant) acknowledges our ancestors, our land, and our nation. It invites strength, knowledge, and power into our space. Participants will then learn more about native Hawaiian practices, challenges, and successes of the recent Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training held in Waimānalo, Hawaii in October. Register to access the webinar

National News

FAMILY Act Action Opportunities, summarized from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched an online action tool titled, "Tell Chairman Neal: Hold a FAMILY Act hearing ASAP and move forward on paid leave!" Individuals can use the action tool to contact Representative Neal as well as their own Representative to urge them to hold a hearing and markup in the House Ways and Means committee on the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. NPWF has also launched an organizational sign on letter calling for a hearing and expressing support for the FAMILY Act. 

State and Community News

Webinar on State Paid Family and Medical Leave Legislation, summarized from A Better Balance

A Better Balance is hosting a webinar titled "2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave Legislative Update" on Thursday, November 21, from 3-4 p.m. ET. Participants will learn about emerging trends and highlights from the 2019 legislative session and speakers will discuss lessons learned and other reflections on paid leave wins in Oregon, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

State Fact Sheets on Hunger and Nutrition Programs, summarized from FRAC

The Food Research & Action Center has released a series of state-specific fact sheets titled "Profile of Infants and Toddlers: Hunger, Poverty, Health, and the Federal Nutrition Programs." The fact sheets provide national and state-specific data on hunger and poverty experienced by infants and toddlers. They also include information about access to federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Action Alert on Massachusetts Legislation on Insurance Coverage for Human Donor Milk, summarized from MMBNE

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast has released an action alert on Massachusetts House and Senate bills titled "An Act relative to human donor milk coverage." The action alert includes information on the bills, their legislative history, how individuals can find their legislators, and talking points for calls and emails.

Webinar on Child Care Provider Support for Breastfeeding, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network is hosting a webinar titled "Breastfeeding in the Child Care Setting" on Tuesday, November 19, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss how child care providers can help families meet their breastfeeding goals, dispel breastfeeding and child care myths, and discuss tools, strategies, and guidelines to support breastfeeding in child care settings.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Funding Collective Impact Initiatives, summarized from CIF

The Collective Impact Forum is hosting a webinar titled "Funding the Long Game in Collective Impact" on Thursday, November 21, from 2-3 p.m. ET. The webinar will include a discussion with the Advancing Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin about a promising approach to philanthropic support and partnership for collective impact efforts.

Webinar on Engaging Community Members, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute is hosting a webinar titled "Asking our Communities: A Journey to Understand Participation and Involvement" on Tuesday, November 26, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Speakers will explore how to engage community members to get input on a particular issue. 

News & Views

*American College of Nurse-Midwives (Medium): "Let's Midwife the System"

*Baby-Friendly USA blog: "Fact vs. FIB: The Impact of Baby-Friendly on Breastfeeding Initiation Rates"

The Double Shift (podcast): "Episode 10: Paid Leave: We Can Do Better."

Harvard Business Review: "When Companies Support Pumping Breastmilk at Work, Everyone Benefits"

Leadership Learning Community blog: "Centering Equity in Networks: Tools and Processes We Have Tried"

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog: "Milk Sharing: A Milk Bank Director's Perspective on Informed Choice"

The New York Times: "A Surprising Finding on Paid Leave: 'This Is Not the Way We Teach This'"

WV Public Broadcasting: "Working Moms Struggle To Make Breastfeeding Work, Inside Appalachia"

Yahoo Lifestyle: "Mom speaks out after having to pump breast milk in supply closet during jury duty — why is breastfeeding in public still so challenging?"

Yahoo Lifestyle: "The LGBTQ Community's Struggle for Paid Parental Leave is Very Real"

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