Weekly Wire: September 18, 2020

Weekly Wire: September 18, 2020

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​
    • National Breastfeeding Month 2020 Report Out & Thank you
    • USBC Public Comments on Paid Leave and Breastfeeding
    • USBC Supports...
  • National News​
    • Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes House, summarized from Congress
    • Updated Resource on Breastfeeding and COVID-19, summarized from CDC 
    • Nutritionist Hall of Fame, summarized from ASPHN
    • Call for Board Nominations, summarized from HMBANA
    • Webinar on Postpartum Support and Lifelong Health, summarized from GOLD Lactation
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Ethical Lactation Support, summarized from MIBFN
    • Black Breastfeeding Week Resolution Reading and Celebration, summarized from Black Breastfeeding Week
    • Campaign to Reduce Maternal Mortality, summarized from March of Dimes
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

National Breastfeeding Month 2020 Report Out & Thank you!

National Breastfeeding Month 2020 has ended, but our work together continues! All throughout August, individuals and organizations came together to celebrate and take action to support breastfeeding families—and our collective voice was powerful! Congratulations and thank you for all of your efforts, it's been a busy month!

USBC Public Comments on Paid Leave and Breastfeeding

The USBC submitted a written public comment in response to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) request for information (RFI) on paid family leave. DOL is seeking information concerning the effectiveness of current state- and employer-provided paid leave programs and how access or lack of access to paid leave programs impacts America's workers and their families. The USBC comment describes how access to paid family and medical leave impacts breastfeeding, how state programs are making a difference, why a national program is needed, and key components of a comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program.

USBC Insight: The USBC is consistently mobilizing action on administrative and policy opportunities that can help create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Access all of our public comments and letters through the online archive. Work like this is only possible through the support of our generous donors! Please make a donation today to help us achieve our vision of thriving families and communities.

USBC Supports...

The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letters from the field:

National News

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes House, summarized from Congress    

The House of Representatives passed "H.R.2694 - Pregnant Workers Fairness Act" (PWFA) this week in a bipartisan vote. The PWFA would help eliminate discrimination and promote women's health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues" states that lactation is a pregnancy-related medical condition. Prior to the bill vote, the House Committee on Education and Labor released "H. Rept. 116-494 – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act" recommending that the bill pass. Highlights from the field include:

* Updated Resource on Breastfeeding and COVID-19, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated the "Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Caring for Newborns" webpage. The updated resource includes information on COVID-19 and pregnancy, caring for newborns when the mother has COVID-19, as well as COVID-19 and breastfeeding. The webpage recognizes that the ideal setting for the care of a healthy, full-term newborn during birth hospitalization is in the mother's room. 

* Nutritionist Hall of Fame, summarized from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists launched the "Public Health Nutritionists Hall of Fame," which showcases innovative projects and work from ASPHN members. As part of the See It. Say It. Share It. campaign, the Hall of Fame salutes ASPHN members' initiatives and helps others learn about the diverse programs supported by public health nutritionists. Breastfeeding support projects are included in two Hall of Fame features "Baby-Friendly Hospital Collaborative" and "WIC & APHA Partnership." Submit nominations for additional hall of fame entries through ASPHN's online form.

* Call for Board Nominations, summarized from HMBANA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America published a public call for nominations to their Board of Directors. Specifically, HMBANA is seeking board members with expertise in health care, legal and business fields, nonprofit management, research, milk donation, or other skill sets that serve the HMBANA mission. They are also looking for board members to enhance diversity of thought and representation and bring an awareness either by experience or expertise of the need for expanded access to donor human milk in healthcare settings. There are four open positions, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 30.

Webinar on Postpartum Support and Lifelong Health, summarized from GOLD Lactation

GOLD Lactation will host a free keynote presentation titled "The Postpartum Nest: Helping Parents Lay the Foundation for Their Child's Lifelong Health" on Monday, October 26, at 12 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET. Attendees will learn about essential components of the early nest (including touch, responsivity, breastfeeding, alloparents, positive social support, play, and soothing perinatal experiences) along with ways to empower parents to incorporate these components into their infant's care to create a foundation for lifelong health and well being.

Equity Lens

* Webinar on Ethical Lactation Support, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network released an on-demand webinar titled "Ethical Lactation Support: Motivational Interviewing." The presenters discuss how to engage families through various forms of cultural competency, motivational interviewing, breastfeeding education, community partnerships, and collaborations. A motivational interviewing approach can be effective for establishing trust and a connection with clients, identifying the barriers that may discourage breastfeeding, acknowledging and addressing both the perception of and the accessibility of support, and connecting families to social and clinical support (such as IBCLCs) based on culturally-responsive referrals. Continuing education is available for this session.

Black Breastfeeding Week Resolution Reading and Celebration, summarized from Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week released a video titled "The Black Breastfeeding Week Congressional Resolution." In the video, Black Breastfeeding Week co-founders and Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) discuss the importance of the Black Breastfeeding Week 2020 Congressional Resolution (H.Res.1096), the link between breastfeeding and maternal health, and stage a reading of the Resolution.

Campaign to Reduce Maternal Mortality, summarized from March of Dimes

The March of Dimes has launched the #BlanketChange Campaign to address the maternal health crisis and reduce maternal mortality. The maternal death rate in the U.S.A. has doubled in just 25 years, and it's only getting worse. Women of color are most at risk of facing life-threatening complications, and black women are three times as likely as white women to die from pregnancy-related causes. The campaign agenda includes key commitments that policymakers, organizations, and community leaders can take to improve the health of all moms and babies across the U.S.

News & Views

CBS News: "How Black doulas are fighting the maternal mortality crisis"

Greeley Tribune: "Allison Kimball: New mothers need paid family and medical leave"

* Lactation Matters: "Working It Out: Combining Lactation and Employment"

The Lily: "These moms have a lot in common but faced a big difference: One got paid maternity leave and one didn't"

Medium: "Paid Family Leave Is a Matter of Life and Death"

U.S. News & Report: "A Milk Bank on a Mission to Tackle Inequity"

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