Weekly Wire: August 27, 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:
- USBC Updates
- Lactation Policy Questions Answered by the USBC
- Last Chance for NBM 21 T-Shirts and Tank Tops
- Weekly Wire Hiatus
- Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
- International News
- Webinar on Infection and Infant Feeding, summarized from CIF-RIG
- National News
- Public Comment Opportunity to Inform Coverage Requirements for Insurers, summarized from WPSI
- Public Comments Opportunity to Inform Postpartum Care Evidence Review, summarized from AHRQ
- Action Tool on Federal Funding for Breastfeeding, summarized from MomsRising
- Toolkit on NICU Resource and Baby-Friendly Practices, summarized from BFUSA
- Continuity of Care Blueprint Launch, summarized from NACCHO
- Funding Opportunity for Implementing CoC in Breastfeeding Support, summarized from NACCHO
- Infant Mortality Advisory Committee Meeting, summarized from HRSA
- State and Community News
- Breastfeeding-Friendly Birth Center Program Updated, summarized from MDH
- Law Passed Requiring Lactation Accommodations for Students and School Staff, summarized from Missouri
- Law Strengthening Workplace Protections for Lactating Parents, summarized from Minnesota
- Law Supporting Lactation Accommodations in Schools, summarized from Oklahoma
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article on Constituents Leading Systems Change, summarized from SSIR
- News & Views
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Lactation Policy Questions Answered by the USBC
The USBC released a blog titled "8 Questions Answered by the USBC Policy Team." The blog addresses questions submitted by USBC Membership Meeting attendees about how U.S. policy impacts lactating families and the work of the USBC to advance policies that support breastfeeding.
Last Chance for NBM 21 T-Shirts and Tank Tops
This week is the final week of the official National Breastfeeding Month 2021 t-shirt campaign! Get your shirt or a tank top with the exclusive "Every Step of the Way" logo before the campaign ends on August 31. 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 in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes 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.
Weekly Wire Hiatus
The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We look forward to connecting with you in September.
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 during August and beyond.
- ABC: Arizona Birthworkers of Color are hosting a series of virtual events during Black Breastfeeding Week, including a meditation and breathwork session and a session on fathers supporting breastfeeding.
- BBW: Black Breastfeeding Week is hosting an events calendar featuring local and community events. Organizations and individuals can submit their events to be included in the calendar.
- Breastfeeding Medicine: The journal Breastfeeding Medicine opened access to the "Special Issue on Breastfeeding and the Black/African American Experience: Cultural, Sociological, and Health Dimensions Through an Equity Lens." All the content from the issue is available to download through Tuesday, August 31.
- Congress: Representative Alma Adams (NC-12-D) introduced House Resolution 603 designating August 25-31 as Black Breastfeeding Week. The resolution brings national attention to the United States maternal child health crisis in the Black community and the important role that breastfeeding plays in improving maternal and infant health outcomes.
- CMC: Chocolate Milk Café is hosting a series of virtual events during Black Breastfeeding Week, including daily reflections on Instagram Live.
- EORO: Every One Reach One, the Dayton and Montgomery County Maternal & Infant Vitality Task Force, is hosting a Black Breastfeeding Week Luncheon on Friday, August 27, at 11 a.m. ET. The event will include a raffle for pregnant and newly post-partum people.
- HSC: Heart and Sol Collective, in partnership with Breastfeeding with Maj, is hosting a Human Milk Donation Drive in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, August 28, from 12-5 p.m. ET. The event is open to all families and will include games, raffles, and vendors.
- Healthy Horizons: Healthy Horizons is hosting the 3rd Annual Lactation Room Upgrade. An organization in need of a safe, clean space for working moms to pump breastmilk or feed their babies will receive lactation equipment, services, and supplies. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, August 31.
- Loyal Lactation: Loyal Lactation is hosting the 2nd Annual Golden Bow Breastfeeding Walk on Sunday, August 29, in Stockbridge, Georgia from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET. The event will feature breastfeeding facts and education, health and wellness vendors, giveaways, raffles, and a breastfeeding support walk.
- MomsRising: MomsRising launched an individual action tool titled "Urge Congress to Support Black Breastfeeding Week." Advocates can use the tool to send messages urging members of Congress to designate August 25-31 as Black Breastfeeding Week.
- SHINE: Sisters Helping Improve Nursing Experiences (SHINE) Breastfeeding Support Club is hosting a picnic in honor of Black Breastfeeding Week on Sunday, August 29, at 1 p.m. ET. Black Breastfeeding families, birth workers, and supporters are invited to enjoy a day in Carronde Park, in Benton Harbor, MI, with refreshments, door prizes, a baby wearing demonstration, event bags, and a raffle.
- UCSF: The University of California, San Francisco is hosting a virtual Black Breastfeeding event on Tuesday, August 31, from 4-5:30 p.m. ET. The event will feature a reading of the San Francisco mayor's proclamation for Black Breastfeeding Week 2021 and plenary speakers and breakout sessions.
- Various: Connecticut WIC, the New Haven Breastfeeding Task Force, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Community Alliance for Research & Engagement are hosting a webinar titled "Celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week // Celebración de la lactancia para la madre negra" on Thursday, August 26, at 1 p.m. ET. The presentation will include guided meditation, speaker sessions, storytelling, and a breastfeeding trivia game.
- VVN: Vital Village Network's Boston Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a series of events during Black Breastfeeding Week, including a Farmer's Market Baby Café and virtual drum circle.
- American Samoa
- Laredo, Texas
- Lima, Ohio
- Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
- San Patricio, Texas
- Skagit County, Washington
- Southbend, Indiana
National Breastfeeding Month News & Views
1,000 Days blog post: "Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week: Reclaiming Our Tradition"
CHEER blog post: "Special Feature – A Tale of Two Generations"
The Denver Channel: "Denver metro doctors observe Black Breastfeeding Week"
LLL USA blog post: "Black Breastfeeding Week: Sarai’s Story"
The Salt Lake Tribune: "Utah County makes it easier for its employees to breastfeed on the clock"
WHO blog post: "World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Message"
Webinar on Infection and Infant Feeding, summarized from CIF-RIG
The COVID-19 Infant Feeding Research Group is hosting a webinar titled "Infections and infant feeding practices: Lessons learned from response to recent crises- HIV, Ebola and COVID-19" on Thursday, September 16, at 8 a.m. ET. Speakers will discuss lessons learned regarding infant feeding and the HIV, Ebola, and COVID-19 crises and potential actions that could leverage that learning for future readiness and impact.
Public Comment Opportunity to Inform Coverage Requirements for Insurers, summarized from WPSI
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) released the 2021 Breastfeeding Support and Supplies Draft Clinical Recommendations. WPSI recommends comprehensive lactation support services (including consultation; counseling; education by clinicians and peer support services; and breastfeeding equipment and supplies) during the antenatal, perinatal, and postpartum periods to optimize the successful initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding. Public comments from organizations will be accepted until Friday, September 17. Comments must be brief, and fall into one of four categories: correction, addition/deletion, organizational policy conflict, or citations.
USBC Insight: The WPSI Breastfeeding Support and Supplies clinical recommendations are significant because they inform the Health Resources and Services Administration as to what services and supplies private insurance must cover with no cost-sharing. Recommendations that are strong and clear have the potential to influence Medicaid coverage in the future. The clinical recommendations are updated every five years.
Public Comments Opportunity to Inform Postpartum Care Evidence Review, summarized from AHRQ
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is partnering with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a systematic evidence review on Postpartum Care for Women up to One Year After Birth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists plans to use this systematic evidence review to develop related clinical guidelines. The goal is to identify and describe studies and strategies which seek to improve utilization of postpartum care and maternal health outcomes in the U.S. PCORI and AHRQ published the three Key Questions of the systematic review for a public comment period. Comments must be submitted through an online form before Thursday, September 2.
Action Tool on Federal Funding for Breastfeeding, summarized from MomsRising
MomsRising released an action tool titled "Urge Congress to Support Funding for Breastfeeding Families!" Individuals can use the tool to send messages urging members of Congress to fund the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program at $20 million in fiscal year 2022. The messages highlight the positive impact this funding has on breastfeeding and maternal and infant health.
Toolkit on NICU Resource and Baby-Friendly Practices, summarized from BFUSA
Baby-Friendly USA published a resource titled "Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Resources: A Guide to Recommended Practices." The BFUSA NICU Toolkit is designed to help NICUs incorporate evidence-based policies and practices. The goal is to maximize the use of breastfeeding and human milk and normalize feeding processes in ways that are supportive to infants and their families. The toolkit includes an overview of Baby-Friendly practices for the NICU, as well as related instructional materials to help users become familiar with and make use of these resources to implement improved practices.
Continuity of Care Blueprint Launch, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials published a report titled "Continuity of Care (CoC) in Breastfeeding Support: a Blueprint for Communities." The blueprint is designed to support local-level organizations to strengthen their community lactation landscape to ensure that families are supported throughout their infant feeding journey. The publication defines continuity of care in the context of breastfeeding and illustrates the importance of consistent, collaborative, and seamless delivery of high-quality services for families from the prenatal period until no longer breastfeeding. The blueprint also provides seven evidence-based action steps to advance continuity of care that are within the sphere of influence of community-level organizations. Learn more about the blueprint in this short video.
Funding Opportunity for Implementing CoC in Breastfeeding Support, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials, with support from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, launched a funding opportunity designed to support the implementation of the recently released "Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: a Blueprint for Communities." The funding will support efforts by local-level organizations working with oppressed communities with historically low rates of breastfeeding. NACCHO will award up to ten recipients to implement at least two of the seven blueprint recommendations, in collaboration with at least one community partner, to advance continuity of care in their communities. Application submissions are due by Sunday, September 26. NACCHO is hosting an RFA informational webinar on Wednesday, September 8 at 2 p.m. ET.
Infant Mortality Advisory Committee Meeting, summarized from HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration announced that the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality will be held on September 21, from 12-4 p.m. ET. SACIM advises the Secretary and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration on the Department of Health and Human Services programs that are directed at reducing infant mortality and improving the health status of pregnant women and infants.
USBC Insight: The evidence for the value of human milk to overall health for infants, children, and mothers is scientific, robust, and continually reaffirmed by new research. Breastfed infants are at lower risk of certain infections and sudden unexplained infant death. Children who were breastfed have decreased risk of obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood leukemia. Women who breastfeed reduce their risk of specific chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and ovarian cancers.
State and Community News
Breastfeeding-Friendly Birth Center Program, summarized from MDH
The Minnesota Department of Health updated the Minnesota Breastfeeding Friendly Birth Center (BFFBC) Recognition Program. The updates align the program with the current Baby-Friendly USA Hospital Initiative, including recognition for free-standing birth centers and updated, gender-inclusive language. Minnesota birthing facilities can participate in the BFFBC to demonstrate that they are dedicated to supporting new families with evidence-based infant feeding practices.
Law Passed Requiring Lactation Accommodations for Students and School Staff, summarized from Missouri
Missouri governor Mike Parson signed into law Missouri HB 432. The new law requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a model policy by January 1, 2022 relating to accommodations for breastfeeding. Public school districts must adopt a policy by July 1, 2022 that requires the administration of each public school building within the district to provide accommodations to lactating employees, teachers, and students to express breast milk, breastfeed a child, or address other needs relating to breastfeeding. Media highlights include:
Law Strengthening Workplace Protections for Lactating Parents, summarized from Minnesota
Minnesota governor Tim Walz signed into law the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Bill (SF 9). The omnibus includes an expansion of provisions of the Women's Economic Security Act (WESA), which was passed in 2014 to strengthen workplace protections and flexibility for expectant and new parents, among other priorities. Under the new law, nursing and lactating employees are required to receive paid break to express milk at work and more employees have the right to request and receive pregnancy accommodations. The law goes into effect January 1, 2022. Media highlights include:
- Red Lake Nation News: "Workplace protections to be expanded for expectant, new parents"
- SHRM blog: "Minnesota Amends Rules on Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodations"
Law Supporting Lactation Accommodations in Schools, summarized from Oklahoma
Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt signed into law Oklahoma SB 121, which requires school districts to allow their employees time during the workday to express milk or breastfeed. School districts must also make a reasonable effort to provide lactating mothers with a private, secure, and sanitary room for pumping or nursing. The law went into effect on July 1, 2021. Media highlights include:
- Oklahoma Senate press release: "Sen. Hicks reminds nursing mothers of new law for school employees"
Collective Impact Connection
Article on Constituents Leading Systems Change, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article titled "How Listening to Constituents Can Lead to Systems Change." The article shares how feedback mechanisms create more equitable practices across organizations and advocacy efforts and highlights three ways that nonprofit organizations are collaborating with their participants to build an equity lens on advocacy. These mechanisms include embedding constituents in research, creating space for constituents to interrogate findings, and connecting constituents to legislators.
News & Views
DOL blog post: "More Than Statistics: How COVID-19 is Impacting Working Women"
NACCHO blog post: "Get Ready for Preparedness Month 2021!"