Weekly Wire: August 13, 2021
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 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
- International News
- Breastfeeding and the Global Food System, summarized from Various
- National News
- House Appropriations Package Passed, summarized from Congress
- Senate Budget Resolution Released, summarized from Congress
- Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Released, summarized from Congress
- Bill Introduced to Address Global Malnutrition, summarized from Congress
- SIDS Awareness Month Digital Toolkit, summarized from NICHD
- Bill introduced to Provide Paid Leave Following Pregnancy or Infant Loss, summarized from Congress
- Study on Caregiver Behavior and Infant Feeding, summarized from JNE
- News & Views
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Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2021 is Every Step of the Way. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is sharing and celebrating lactation-focused events and resources in each edition of the Weekly Wire newsletter. Submit your National Breastfeeding Month events, news, and resources so we can share them in USBC communication channels throughout the month.
- ABM: The journal Breastfeeding Medicine is celebrating National Breastfeeding Month by providing free access to a variety of articles through August 31, including:
- "Breastfeeding and Respiratory Antivirals: Coronavirus and Influenza"
- "Treating Gastroesophageal Reflux and Heartburn While Breastfeeding"
- "Antiepileptic Drugs During Breastfeeding"
- "Drugs for Lupus While Breastfeeding"
- "Alcohol Use During Breastfeeding"
- "Cannabis and Breastfeeding"
- "Treating Hypertension During Breastfeeding"
- "Treating Diabetes During Breastfeeding"
- "Maternal Vaccination and Breastfeeding"
- "Should Infants Be Separated from Mothers with COVID-19? First, Do No Harm"
- "Antivirals for COVID-19 and Breastfeeding"
- APIBFT: The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force (APIBTF) & BreastfeedLA released a library of high-resolution images of Asian American breastfeeding moms, available upon request. The images cannot be altered in any way, and their use is limited to certain situations, such as for educational purposes, and community settings on a case-by-case basis.
- BBPH: Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health celebrated World Breastfeeding Week with tea and treats at Dakota Zoo.
- CBC: The California Breastfeeding Coalition published a social media toolkit for National Breastfeeding Month. The toolkit contains an overview of the campaign, a listing of events, and social media posts (with images) ready for use.
- CCPH: The Clay County Public Health Center WIC Program hosted its 9th Annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration.
- CDPH: The California Department of Public Health's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Division released a social media toolkit promoting breastfeeding/chestfeeding for National Breastfeeding Month. The toolkit is available in English and in Spanish.
- DOL: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, and the Minnesota Department of Health are hosting the "Nursing Mothers In The Workplace Combo Webinar!" The webinar will discuss workplace requirements for breastfeeding families under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision. Read the press release.
- HIBC: The Hawaiʻi Indigenous Breastfeeding Collaborative are honoring our Kanaka ʻŌiwi or Native people of Hawaiʻi by creating the first ever ʻŌiwi Breastfeeding Week, August 8-14. The week that celebrates Native Hawaiian cultural practices, foods, traditions, and stories around breastfeeding.
- Healthy Horizons: The Healthy Horizons corporate lactation program is accepting nominations for the Lactation Room Upgrade Contest through Tuesday, August 31. The winning organization will receive equipment and supplies for lactating people to use in the workplace.
- IMMC: The Indigenous Milk Medicine Collective is hosting a variety of events and resources for Indigenous Milk Medicine Week, including:
- The Indigenous Milk Medicine Week Virtual 5K to support, honor and celebrate Native/Indigenous breast/chest feeders and for Native Wellness EVERYWHERE on Earth Mom.
- A panel conversation titled "IMMW-Inclusive Language in the Lactation Space."
- A panel conversation titled "Lactation Prenatal Preparation & Postpartum Recovery: Celebrating Indigenous Practices," to be held on Friday, August 13, at 5 p.m. ET.
- MomsRising: MomsRising is celebrating National Breastfeeding Month through a variety of actions and online conversations, including:
- The "Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month with Paid Leave for ALL" action tool urging Congress to pass comprehensive paid family and medical leave.
- MomsRising, Centering Healthcare Institute, 1,000 Days, and HealthConnect One are hosting a #FoodFri Twitter Chat on breastfeeding/chestfeeding advocacy on Friday, August 13, at 1 p.m. ET.
- NAABB: The National Association to Advance Black Birth is hosting "Breast/chestfeeding While Black: Real Stories from Black Parents" on Friday, August 27, from 12-1 p.m. ET. The webinar will explore the breast/chestfeeding stories of a diverse group of Black parents. The panelists will share their unique stories of success, challenge, perseverance, and triumph in chest/breastfeeding.
- NICHQ: The National Institute for Children's Health Quality released the "Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2021 Toolkit." The collection of ready-to-use social media graphics and posts can be shared to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of breast milk, as well as empower and support all mothers and birthing people to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
- Nurture RVA: Nurture, a Richmond, Virginia-based nonprofit, and its breastfeeding advocacy arm #RVAbreastfeeds, have joined forces with partner organizations Urban Baby Beginnings and Birth in Color RVA to issue a Call to Action to Protect Breastfeeding. The call to action is accompanied by a mini-documentary to illustrate the importance of human milk feeding and the barriers that prevent breast/chestfeeding parents from achieving medically recommended milestones.
National Breastfeeding Month News & Views
A Better Balance: "Take Action to Support Nursing Workers This National Breastfeeding Month"
Alive & Thrive:
- "World Breastfeeding Week 2021: Activities across the Alive & Thrive world"
- "What Will You Do? 10 things anyone can do to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding"
- "August is Here! Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month"
- "Moving Through Challenges"
- "Lessons Learned"
FDA blog: "Knowledge and News on Women: OWH Blog"
Hope & Healing: The UF Health Blog: "National Breastfeeding Month"
- "Celebrate and Share: Pass this Video On to Your Audience During World Breastfeeding Week"
- "JHL Offers Open Access Articles During World Breastfeeding Month"
Mom2Mom Global: "Protect Breastfeeding - A Shared Responsibility"
National Breastfeeding Month Apparel Available for a Limited Time
Show your commitment to supporting families with a National Breastfeeding Month t-shirt or tank top featuring this year's theme and the official NBM design from USBC! The artwork represents the spheres of influence in a breastfeeding family's world and the continuity of care that every family deserves along the human milk feeding journey. The National Breastfeeding Month design is available for a limited time in a variety of styles and colors for adults and kids. Shirts are hand printed in the U.S. and are sourced from a select group of vendors who are WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified. A portion of each purchase goes to support USBC advocacy efforts.
Breastfeeding and the Global Food System, summarized from Various
Alive & Thrive, FHI Solutions, and Save the Children published a brief titled "The First-Food System: The Importance of Breastfeeding in Global Food Systems Discussions." The brief explains how stakeholders can include breastfeeding and breastmilk – the first food – in the conceptualization of food systems during the first United Nations Food Systems Summit, scheduled to take place in September during the UN General Assembly. Read the press release.
House Appropriations Package Passed, summarized from Congress
The House passed a package of seven fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. The legislation funds the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Judiciary, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, the Executive Office of the President and general government functions of the Executive Branch, military construction activities at the Department of Defense, and other independent agencies.
USBC Insight: Each year funding is allocated to a variety of federal programs that include breastfeeding support through the federal appropriations process. Appropriations for breastfeeding help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. The USBC closely monitors the federal budget process and mobilizes the field to take action during strategic moments in the negotiation process. The USBC published detailed analyses at key steps in the federal budget process, including:
- "Fiscal Year 2022 President's Budget Released"
- "Fiscal Year 2022 House Agriculture and DHS Appropriations Reports Released"
- "Fiscal Year 2022 House Labor-HHS Appropriations Report Released"
There is still action needed to support investment in breastfeeding in the Senate. Join USBC in urging your members of Congress to support this critical public health priority with the "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families" action tool and by signing the organizational letter.
Senate Budget Resolution Released, summarized from Congress
The Senate Budget Committee released the Fiscal Year 2022 budget resolution which sets a total amount for spending and provides guidance for the appropriations committees as they develop their appropriations bills. The accompanying summary, memo, and press release list the priorities that the Budget Committee incorporated in its framework, including creating the first ever federal Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit.
Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Released, summarized from Congress
The Senate Appropriations Committee released the Fiscal Year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill (S. 2599) and associated bill report with the recommendation that it is passed by the full Senate. The bill includes $6.28B for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, $278M above the House level, and $90M for the breastfeeding peer counselor program, level funding from the House bill.
Bill Introduced to Address Global Malnutrition, summarized from Congress
A bipartisan group of Representatives introduced the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2021 (H.R.4693). The bill would advance targeted and evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of global malnutrition, including breastfeeding support, and improve the coordination of such programs.
SIDS Awareness Month Digital Toolkit, summarized from NICHD
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development released the SIDS Awareness Month 2021 Digital Toolkit. October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, a time dedicated to encouraging safe infant sleep. The digital toolkit offers resources and guidance to help organizations and individuals plan for and participate in #SafeSleepSnap and other activities during SIDS Awareness Month.
Bill introduced to Provide Paid Leave Following Pregnancy or Infant Loss, summarized from Congress
A group of Senators introduced the Support Through Loss Act (S. 2390). The bill would allow Americans to receive paid leave time to process and address their own health needs and the health needs of their partners during the period following a pregnancy loss, an unsuccessful round of intrauterine insemination or of an assisted reproductive technology procedure, a failed adoption arrangement, a failed surrogacy arrangement, or a diagnosis or event that impacts pregnancy or fertility, to support related research and education, and for other purposes. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate education materials to perinatal health workers, including lactation support providers.
Study on Caregiver Behavior and Infant Feeding, summarized from JNE
The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior published a study titled "Caregiver's Provision of Non-Recommended Commercially Prepared Milk-Based Drink to Infants and Toddlers." The study finds that more than one-third of infant caregivers reported serving at least one non-recommended milk type to their infant in the past month—most providing them daily—and that the majority of toddler caregivers did not follow expert recommendations.
News & Views
Alive & Thrive: "BMS Code demystified on Facebook Live"
CHEER blog post: "CHEER Champion of the Week: Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk!"
Tallahasee Democrat: "Breastfeeding women, children need support of employers, community"
The Washington Post: "The challenges faced by breastfeeding Olympians reflect a bigger problem"