Weekly Wire: October 7, 2021

Weekly Wire: October 7, 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
    • A Call to Action on the PUMP Act!  
    • USBC Membership Meeting Highlights
    • USBC Article Featured in USA Today Maternal Health Campaign
    • Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
  • National News
    • Fact Sheet on Breastfeeding Intention, summarized from HealthConnect One
    • Survey on Lactation Care Provider Demographics, summarized from USLCA
    • Webinar on Lactation Induction Case Study, summarized from IABLE
    • Online Research Hub, summarized from Alive & Thrive
  • State & Community News
    • Momnibus Bill Signed into Law, summarized from California
  • Equity Lens
    • Doula Program Partnership Announced, summarized from HealthConnect One
    • Resources on Racial Equity and Build Back Better Act, summarized from CBPP
    • Survey on Bias and Maternal Health Care, summarized from U.S. Digital Service
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

A Call to Action on the PUMP Act!  

The USBC Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, published an update and call to action titled "Save the PUMP Act: Don't allow your legislators to be hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, and run amok!" The blog post provides the latest updates on Congressional action on the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act and urges individuals and organizations to pick up the phone and call on members of Congress to vote YES on the PUMP Act. A companion blog post titled "Calling your Representative about the PUMP Act is easy! Here's how." features step-by-step instructions for contacting your member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

USBC Membership Meeting Highlights

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee hosted a Special Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 23. The Membership Meeting included a Mission Moment delivered by USBC partner, Jessica Lee, the transition of the USBC Board, a business meeting, and a governmental partner panel featuring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; Federal Drug Administration; Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Indian Health Service; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Office on Women's Health; and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

Would you like your organization to have a seat at the table? Learn more about USBC membership categories and submit an application!

USBC Article Featured in USA Today Maternal Health Campaign

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee was included in the digital edition of the USA Today "Maternal Health—Future of Personal Health" campaign with an article titled "How the PUMP for Nursing Mother’s Act Protects Working Women." In the article, Senior Advocacy & Communications Manager, Cheryl Lebedevitch examines how the PUMP Act would address current gaps in federal protections for lactating workers and describes how simple, low-cost adjustments can make a world of difference for workers.

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! The USBC has updated the Hispanic Heritage Month webpage in celebration and observance of the month. The webpage features key information about Latinx communities and lactation as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the USBC and the field. Please help us continue to enrich this webpage by submitting additional resources for inclusion by completing the online submission form.

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Fact Sheet on Breastfeeding Intention, summarized from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One released a fact sheet titled "Breastfeeding Intention." The publication highlights the existing inequities between Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) families and breastfeeding. It also includes recommendations for centering breastfeeding promotion and education in maternal and child health.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Survey on Lactation Care Provider Demographics, summarized from USLCA

The United States Lactation Consultant Association launched a survey titled "Lactation Care Provider Demographic Survey." The purpose of the survey is to help increase the representation and sample size of the profession while also tracking changes over time, and to create an accessible repository for this data. The USLCA has updated the survey from previous years. 

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Webinar on Lactation Induction Case Study, summarized from IABLE

The Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education is hosting a presentation titled "Case Discussion Webinar: Induction of Lactation for an Adoption" on Sunday, October 10, from 8-9:15 p.m. ET. Presenters will identify new strategies to evaluate and support the induction of lactation for an adoption and share ideas on clinical practice in breastfeeding medicine.

Online Research Hub, summarized from Alive & Thrive

Alive & Thrive published a new webpage titled "Research & Learning." The webpage features an evidence map presenting peer-reviewed research from Alive & Thrive on maternal, infant, young child and adolescent nutrition (MIYCAN). The research covers a variety of MIYCAN topics, including breastfeeding and the WHO Code, and considers interventions from a variety of perspectives. New articles will be added to the map as they are published. The webpage also includes a section on implementation research, featuring the status of Alive & Thrive studies to examine interventions in five areas: COVID-19, Maternal Nutrition, Urban Nutrition, Innovation, and Policy Advocacy.

State and Community News

Momnibus Bill Signed into Law, summarized from California

The California Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed into law the California Momnibus Act (SB 65). The California Momnibus Act codifies and strengthens the work of the Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee, which will investigate pregnancy-related deaths and make recommendations on best practices to avoid these preventable tragedies; improves data collection in the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review process; creates a fund to support the midwifery workforce, upon appropriation from the Legislature; establishes a stakeholder workgroup to support implementation of the new Medi-Cal doula benefit; and reduces CalWORKs paperwork requirements for pregnant women. Highlights from the field include:

Equity Lens

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Doula Program Partnership Announced, summarized from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One announced a new partnership with Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS), Healthy Baby Network, and Finger Lakes Community Health on a two-year initiative to innovate Healthy Baby Network’s Black Doula Collaborative. The goal of the program is to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, and birthing families. The program will identify and train individuals who are trusted members of the community to provide doula services and help improve prenatal care, raise breastfeeding rates, decrease unnecessary medical interventions, increase positive birth experiences, and improve parenting skills.

Resources on Racial Equity and the Build Back Better Act, summarized from CBPP

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities published a report titled "House Build Back Better Legislation Advances Racial Equity." The publication examines how Build Back Better can help drive an equitable recovery and advance racial equity by making key investments and raising revenues through progressive policies. It outlines the benefits of many policies in the plan, including passing a national paid family and medical leave national social insurance program. CBPP also released a policy brief on the same topic.

USBC Insight: Inclusive and comprehensive paid family and medical leave is a crucial tool in establishing and sustaining breastfeeding. Research shows a relationship between the decision to start and continue breastfeeding and the length of maternity leave available, and that parents who return to full-time employment shortly after giving birth are less likely to breastfeed as long as they intend. Individuals are encouraged to use the USBC action tool, "Call on Congress to Support Paid Leave," to show their support for inclusive and comprehensive paid family leave.

Survey on Bias and Maternal Health Care, summarized from U.S. Digital Service

The U.S. Digital Service, an agency within the Executive Office of the President, is recruiting individuals to share their experiences encountering racism and bias in maternal health care. These interviews will inform the agency's efforts to improve maternal health care in the United States. 

News & Views

Bangor Daily News: "Help families put their health first: pass paid leave"

Harold Leader: "Lawsuit claims Kentucky school district retaliated against teacher over breastfeeding"

PA Council of Churches: "Tell Congress to Pass the PUMP Act for Breastfeeding Moms"

The New York Times: "The C.D.C. escalates its pleas for pregnant and breastfeeding Americans to get vaccinated against Covid."

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