Weekly Wire: January 14, 2022

Weekly Wire: January 14, 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
    • Complimentary Data Equity Learning Opportunity
    • Call for Stories on Pumping at Work
    • USBC Supports...
  • National News
    • Updated Coverage Requirements for Insurers, summarized from HRSA
    • Discussion Session on Supporting Healthy Indigenous Maternal Health and Pregnancy, summarized from CDC/NIHB
    • Webinar on Black Breastfeeding Historical Context and Support Strategies, summarized from BreastfeedLA
    • Report on Healthcare Quality and Disparities, summarized from AHRQ
    • Funding Opportunity for MCH Research, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
    • Funding Opportunity for SUID Prevention Program, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
    • Funding Opportunity for Rural Maternal and Obstetrics Care Program, summarized from HRSA
    • Article on Breastfeeding and SIDS, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
    • Article on Inpatient Breastfeeding Education, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
    • Article on Pregnancy Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic, summarized from BMC Childbirth
    • Issue Brief on 'Great Resignation' and Paid Leave, summarized from NPWF
    • Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity on Maternal Health Outcomes, summarized from NIH
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Complimentary Data Equity Learning Opportunity

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is hosting a free 90-minute learning session on data equity on Friday, January 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Made possible by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the session will include speakers from We All Count discussing their unique approach to data equity through their seven-part framework.

Please share this free learning opportunity widely with your networks!

Call for Stories on Pumping at Work

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has issued a call for stories on human milk feeding and the return to work. The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110) was passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives last year. Now we need to urge the full Senate to take up and pass the bill. One of the most effective and impactful ways that we push for action is by sharing stories from real people that illuminate the need for the right to pump at work in any industry or setting. We invite you to share your insights and experiences as a parent, a community member, a lactation support or health care provider, a public health worker, or as someone passionate about the importance of human milk feeding. A story doesn't need to be long to make an impact, and it can be about your own experience or those of clients, community members, the public at large, or family members.

USBC Supports...

A Better Balance: Letter to Senate leadership urging swift passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Care Can't Wait Coalition: Open letter to the U.S. Senate on the continued importance of the Build Build Back Better Act

National News

Updated Coverage Requirements for Insurers, summarized from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced updates to the comprehensive preventive care and screening guidelines for women and for infants, children, and adolescents, including guidelines for breastfeeding support supplies and counseling. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain group health plans and insurance issuers must provide coverage with no out-of-pocket cost for preventive health services within these HRSA-supported comprehensive guidelines. For the first time, the guidelines will require such group health plans and insurance plans to provide coverage without a co-pay or deductible for double electric breast pumps. In addition, the updated guidelines specify that breastfeeding education can be provided through peer support services. Group health plans and insurance issuers subject to these requirements will be required to provide coverage following the updated guidelines during plan years beginning in 2023. Read the press release.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Discussion Session on Supporting Healthy Indigenous Maternal Health and Pregnancy, summarized from CDC/NIHB

The National Indian Health Board, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are hosting a discussion session titled "Hearing Native Mothers – A Tribal Discussion Session on a Campaign to Support Healthy AI/AN Pregnancies and Maternal Health" on Thursday, January 27, at 1 p.m. ET. Speakers from the CDC will provide an update on a new campaign aimed to support American Indian/Alaska Native healthy pregnancies and postpartum health. The NIHB will then invite Tribal participants to provide input on the proposed campaign themes and materials and strategies for best reaching Tribal communities.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Webinar on Black Breastfeeding Historical Context and Support Strategies, summarized from BreastfeedLA

BreastfeedLA will host a webinar titled "Black Women Breastfeed Too: Past, Present, and Future" on Thursday, February 17, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. Speaker Shamiesha Ebhotemen, RN, CLES, will discuss historical context for understanding current struggles faced by Black communities in relation to breastfeeding. She will also offer strategies and resources to support the needs of growing families today.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Report on Healthcare Quality and Disparities, summarized from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released the annual "National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report." The report provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups. Exclusive breastfeeding through three months is included as one of three core maternal and child health measures.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Funding Opportunity for MCH Research, summarized from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, announced a funding opportunity titled "Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research." The funding is intended to provide the opportunity for researchers across the nation to build the MCH evidence base by using existing data sets, such as national data sets and/or administrative records, to identify emerging issues, study new research questions, test hypotheses, and determine pathways for intervention. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 26.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Funding Opportunity for SUID Prevention Program, summarized from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau opened applications for a funding opportunity titled "Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Prevention." The purpose of the SUID Prevention Program is to reduce overall rates of SUID and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in SUID by supporting pediatric health care practitioners to provide evidence-based counseling and education to infant caregivers and families; to guide system improvements; and to identify and support policy changes that address state- and community- specific SUID risks. The awarded organization will be expected to launch, convene and lead a national coalition that engages nationally recognized organizations with expertise in SUID, safe infant sleep practices, and breastfeeding. The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 3.

Funding Opportunity for Rural Maternal and Obstetrics Care Program, summarized from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration launched a funding opportunity titled "Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program." Under the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program, the funding is intended to create a cooperative agreement to improve access to and continuity of maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities, including postpartum services. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, April 5.

Article on Breastfeeding and SIDS, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine released an article titled "Population-Based Survey Showing That Breastfed Babies Have a Lower Frequency of Risk Factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Than Nonbreastfed Babies." The authors conducted a cross sectional observational study to explore breastfeeding and bed-sharing practices. Based on the results of their study, the authors found a close relationship between breastfeeding and bed-sharing and a lower frequency of SIDS risk factors associated with both practices.

Article on Inpatient Breastfeeding Education, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine published an article titled "A Mixed-Methods Examination of Inpatient Breastfeeding Education Using a Human Factors Perspective" that highlights the results of a study examining postpartum, inpatient mother-lactation educator breastfeeding education, resulting perceptions, and patient-reported worries and outcomes. The authors found that the human factors perspective is relevant to barriers in current breastfeeding education and could be useful in designing interventions.

Article on Pregnancy Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic, summarized from BMC Childbirth

The journal, BMC Childbirth published an article titled "Pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic: an exploration of patients’ lived experiences." The authors used a qualitative lens to explore pregnant individuals' lived experiences, psychological responses, and behavioral responses during COVID-19. The authors also present recommendations for health care providers based on this research. Advice to healthcare providers included providing mental health support, clear and up to date communication, as well as more postpartum and breastfeeding support.

Issue Brief on 'Great Resignation' and Paid Leave, summarized from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women and Families released an issue brief titled "The Great Resignation Shows Great Need for Paid Leave." The publication examines the connection between the ways that paid leave allows workers, especially female workers, to stay at their jobs.

Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity on Maternal Health Outcomes, summarized from NIH

The National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and Tribal Health Research Office released a "Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Advancing Integrated Models (AIM) of Care to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes among Women Who Experience Persistent Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Required)." The program will aim to foster intervention research that addresses structural inequities and reduces disparities in severe maternal morbidity and mortality. Studies must involve the priority population of pregnant/postpartum women in the intervention research process. This can be accomplished through multisectoral partnerships with, but not limited to, patient advocacy groups, community-based organizations, obstetric clinics, hospital systems, social service organizations, birthing centers, and tribal communities and organizations. The Funding Opportunity Announcement is expected to be released on Friday, February 11. The notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

News & Views

23 ABC News: "As supply runs low, breast milk banks are in need of donations"

The Connecticut Mirror: "Paid leave is a win for Connecticut workers, families, caregivers and advancing racial justice."

Jersey's Best: "How one N.J. hospital’s donor milk program is helping protect every baby"

Trust for America's Health blog post: "Next Iteration of the Build Back Better Act Should Include Critical Investments in Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and the Social Determinants of Health"

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