Weekly Wire: September 12, 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
- NBM 21 Reflections Blog Post
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- International News
- Video Podcast on Breastfeeding & COVID-19, summarized from WHO
- Publication on SMART Breastfeeding Pledges, summarized from GBC
- Report on the Role of Midwives and Nurses to Support Breastfeeding, summarized from GBC
- National News
- Markup of Build Back Better Act Includes Paid Family Leave, summarized from Congress
- Live Presentation on Hispanic Heritage Month, summarized from LER
- Survey on Breast Pump Experiences, summarized from IABLE
- State and Community News
- Guide to Lactation Rights in California, summarized from BreastfeedLA
- Bill to Support Lactating Students Introduced, summarized from Pennsylvania
- Equity Lens
- Report on Black Mothers and Baby-Friendly Experiences, summarized from Uzazi Village
- Resources on Socioeconomic Factors Impacting Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from NPWF/NBEC
- Funding Opportunity Supporting Maternal Health, summarized from NIHB
- News & Views
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NBM 21 Reflections Blog Post
USBC Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, published a blog post titled "Reflections on National Breastfeeding Month 2021: Every Step of the Way." In the post, Sankofa revisits each of the four observance weeks during August, collective action and resources, the continued importance of National Breastfeeding Month, and future plans for USBC.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is Wednesday, September 15, through Friday, October 15! This observance celebrates the achievements and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. The USBC is updating the "Hispanic Heritage Month" webpage, which features key information on breastfeeding and Hispanic/Latinx communities as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the USBC and the field, including materials in Spanish. Please submit additional resources for inclusion by completing the online submission form.
Video Podcast on Breastfeeding & COVID-19, summarized from WHO
The World Health Organization released an episode of the Science in 5 video podcast titled "Breastfeeding & COVID-19." In the short video, Dr. Laurence Grummer-Strawn discusses the benefits of breastfeeding to mothers and babies during the COVID-19 pandemic and WHO's recommendations on breastfeeding.
Publication on SMART Breastfeeding Pledges, summarized from GBC
The Global Breastfeeding Collective published an advocacy brief titled "Nutrition for Growth Year of Action: Nine SMART Breastfeeding Pledges." The publication highlights the importance of the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action and positions breastfeeding within N4G's universal health coverage pillar. It also provides nine SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) breastfeeding recommendations to correspond with the N4G commitment types. The brief provides rationale and resources for each pledge, including official guidance notes and case studies, to support implementation.
Report on the Role of Midwives and Nurses to Support Breastfeeding, summarized from GBC
The Global Breastfeeding Collective released an advocacy brief titled "The Role of Midwives and Nurses in Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding." The report examines the unique role of midwives and nurses and the positive impact they can have on breastfeeding rates. The publication includes information on the benefits of breastfeeding and a call to action for health care administrators, government leaders, policymakers, professional associations, and funders to invest in midwives and nurses.
Markup of Build Back Better Act Includes Paid Family Leave, summarized from Congress
The House Ways & Means Committee held a two-part markup of the Build Back Better Act. The markup included consideration of Subtitle A, a proposal to establish 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave benefits for all American workers. The committee advanced this proposal out of committee. Highlights from the field include:
- 1,000 Days: "1,000 Days Statement on Ways and Means Committee Markup"
- ABB: "A Better Balance Applauds House Ways & Means Committee for Bold, Inclusive Paid Leave Proposal"
- CNBC: "Budget reconciliation offers new opportunity for paid family leave. ‘People have been imagining this forever,’ expert says"
- House Ways & Means Committee: "What They Are Saying: The Ways and Means Paid Leave Proposal Is an Urgent Necessity"
- NPWF: "Paid Leave Is a Lifeline for Workers and Families"
- USBC: "Call on Congress to Support Paid Leave"
Live Presentation on Hispanic Heritage Month, summarized from LER
Lactation Education Resources will host a live question and answer session on Wednesday, September 22, at 1:30 p.m. ET titled "Nikki & Nikki LIVE: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month." Nikki Hunter Greenaway, FNP-C, IBCLC, RLC, and Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC, RLC, will discuss plans for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2021.
Survey on Breast Pump Experiences, summarized from IABLE
The Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education and Northern Illinois University launched a survey titled "Annual Pump Report Survey." People who have used a breast pump in the past two years are invited to share their experiences. Information from the survey will be used to inform future parents when they are making a decision on breast pump choices. The researchers also hope to use the survey results to inform insurance companies and government agencies on the relationship between race/ethnicity, insurance coverage, and pump quality.
State and Community News
Guide to Lactation Rights in California, summarized from BreastfeedLA
BreastfeedLA, in partnership with ACLU SoCal, released a document titled "Know Your Rights: Lactation in California." The guide includes information about personal rights related to breastfeeding in public, lactation accommodations at work, jury duty while breastfeeding, traveling with breast milk, and lactation in education.
Bill to Support Lactating Students Introduced, summarized from Pennsylvania
State Representative Mary Louise Isaacson introduced House Bill 1807 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The bill would require schools to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant, lactating, and parenting students in Pennsylvania.
Report on Black Mothers and Baby-Friendly Experiences, summarized from Uzazi Village
Uzazi Village released a report titled "Voices of Black Mothers: The Baby-Friendly Experience." The report identifies and addresses the gaps in hospital care when comparing the experiences of Black mothers to Baby-Friendly hospital standards. It includes information gathered from six focus groups of Black women who gave birth in Baby-Friendly hospitals in three cities in Missouri, as well as direct quotes.
Resources on Socioeconomic Factors Impacting Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from NPWF/NBEC
The National Partnership for Women & Families and the National Birth Equity Collaborative published a resource series titled "Saving the Lives of Moms & Babies." The 10-part series connects the dots between how different socioeconomic factors, including paid leave, affect maternal and infant health, the outsized impact these factors have on Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and recommendations to effect the change we need to ensure all moms and babies thrive.
Funding Opportunity Supporting Maternal Health, summarized from NIHB
The National Indian Health Board opened applications for a funding opportunity for supporting American Indian and Alaska Native maternal health through Tribal-led maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs). NIHB anticipates funding for up to 12 proposals from Tribes, Tribal consortia, and Tribal organizations for up to $7,500 each. Through this funding, grantees will participate in a self-assessment over an eight-month period to explore key components of Tribal-led MMRCs and assess their readiness to establish and sustain a Tribal-led MMRC. The application deadline is Friday, September 17.
News & Views
Amplify!: "One IBCLC’s Rest is All Our Reward"
ASTHO blog post: "The Importance of Family Engagement in Breastfeeding Programs"
BFUSA blog post: "BFUSA Awards First Designations Via Virtual Assessment Process"
HealthConnect One blog post: "HealthConnect One Awarded NJ Department of Health Grant To Strengthen, Expand Community Doulas"
Health.gov blog post: "Nutrition During Breastfeeding: How Health Professionals Can Support Healthy Moms and Babies"
Rewire News Group: "Celebration and Suffering: Black Breastfeeding Week Has Room for Complexity"