Weekly Wire: January 7, 2022
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
- Impact Report on 2021 Policy Priorities
- Technical Assistance Session on Communications
- Special Section on COVID-19
- International News
- Call to Action on HIV Medication Research for Pregnant and Lactating Individuals, summarized from WHO
- National News
- County-Level Breastfeeding Data Released, summarized from CDC
- Letter in Support of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized from Various Attorneys General
- DGA Nutrition Guidance Resources, summarized from ODPHP
- Bulletin on Nursing in Public Spaces, summarized from FMR/GSA
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article on Data and Collective Impact, summarized from SSRI
- News & Views
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The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released a blog post titled "Impact Report: 2021 Breastfeeding Policy Priorities." The blog provides a detailed account reflecting ongoing USBC activities to advance the five policy priorities identified by and for the First Food field.
Together, we made a big impact in 2021. We showed up when it was time to dig into the details of complicated policies because we knew what it could mean for babies and families. We elevated our concerns and solutions to policymakers. We showed up, even when it was difficult. And, all of it was possible thanks to your support.
Technical Assistance Session on Communications
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is hosting a four-part Non-Profit Management Technical Assistance Series in collaboration with leaders from the USBC Community. The Non-Profit Communications Session will take place on Tuesday, January 11, at 2 p.m. ET. Hosts Shereen Abdelghani and Linda Kopecky will address questions from the field during an interactive 45-minute session. Please include your initial topic questions at the time of registration and send any additional questions to the training and technical assistance team at: TTA@usbreastfeeding.org.
Special Section on COVID-19
- CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the webpage titled "Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns if You Have COVID-19." The updated guidance includes information on rooming-in, caring for a newborn at home if you have COVID-19, and breastfeeding. Current evidence suggests that the chance of a newborn getting COVID-19 from their birth parent is low, especially when the parent takes measures (such as wearing a mask and washing hands) to prevent spread before and during care of the newborn.
- FNS: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, published a report titled "Changes in WIC Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A First Look at the Impact of Federal Waivers." The publication summarizes key changes, improvements, and challenges to WIC operations delivered under the physical presence and remote benefit issuance waivers. These findings represent a first, high-level look at survey data collected from state and local WIC agencies to fulfill reporting requirements for waivers issued under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- NWA:The National WIC Association, in partnership with the Nutrition Policy Institute and Pepperdine University released a report titled "Multi-State WIC Participant Satisfaction Survey: Learning from Program Adaptations During COVID." The report examines the results of a multistate survey conducted in spring 2021 of over 26,000 WIC participants across 12 State WIC Agencies and reveals high levels of satisfaction among WIC participants with the adjustments made to program services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Call to Action on HIV Medication Research for Pregnant and Lactating Individuals, summarized from WHO
The World Health Organization, in partnership with the International Maternal Paediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network, and the International AIDS Society, launched a call to action titled "Research for informed choices: Accelerating the study of new drugs for HIV in pregnant and breastfeeding women." The publication advocates for a paradigm shift from the traditional view of pregnant and breastfeeding women as a vulnerable population to acknowledging them as an important population in need of HIV services who should be included in clinical trials.
County-Level Breastfeeding Data Released, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released county-level breastfeeding initiation rates and related maps using birth certificate data from the 2018-2019 National Vital Statistics System. Data is presented from 3,079 counties or county equivalents in 48 states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Individuals and organizations can use these tools to highlight strengths and to identify locations that may benefit from focused interventions.
Letter in Support of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized from Various Attorneys General
A coalition of 15 attorneys general released a letter sent to Senate leadership calling for the U.S. Senate to protect pregnant individuals and families by passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA secures the rights of pregnant individuals to be provided reasonable accommodations at work without fear of being pushed out of their jobs.
USBC Insight: 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. Take action in support of this critical bill with the MomsRising tool: "Workers make the holidays possible. Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!"
DGA Nutrition Guidance Resources, summarized from ODPHP
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion added new consumer-friendly handouts based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 to their Toolkit for Professionals. The handouts take a life stage approach and reflect the science-based nutrition guidance in the current edition of the Dietary Guidelines. Additions to the toolkit include "Build a Healthy Eating Routine When You’re Pregnant or Breastfeeding" and "Build a Healthy Eating Routine for Your Baby (Birth to Age 2)."
Bulletin on Nursing in Public Spaces, summarized from FMR/GSA
The Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration, issued a bulletin on behalf of the Federal Management Regulation titled "Persons who are Nursing in Public Buildings." The bulletin clarifies the space requirements associated with the provision of lactation rooms in certain public buildings, reaffirms the availability of lactation space for federal employees, and affirms the availability of lactation rooms for members of the public. It also reaffirms that a person may breastfeed their child on federal government property, if they are authorized to be present at that location.
Collective Impact Connection
Article on Data and Collective Impact, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article titled "Data in Collective Impact: Focusing on What Matters." The article examines how understanding data and using it effectively in collective impact can help achieve short- and long-term progress on shared goals. The author also shared lessons from their work to help collective impact initiatives and funders use data more effectively for social change.
News & Views
Breastfeeding Medicine (editorial): "Breastfeeding Goals: Are We Fighting the Right War?"
CHEER blog post: "CHEER Champion of the Week: Boston University Medical Group!"
MMBNE blog post: "Advocacy, Part 1: The WHO Code at 40"
New America blog post: "What’s Ahead for Paid Family and Medical Leave in 2022?"
San Antonio Report: "University Hospital earns ‘Baby-Friendly’ status by boosting mother-baby bonds"
The New York Times: "People Want Jewelry With Meaning’: How Breast Milk Became a Gem"
U.S. Department of Labor news release: "US Department of Labor Finds Labcorp Illegally Denied Worker Private Space for Nursing Mothers at California Clinic"