Weekly Wire: January 20, 2022

Weekly Wire: January 20, 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
    • Submit a Presentation Proposal for the USBC Conference!
    • Complimentary Learning Opportunity on Data Equity
    • Technical Assistance Session on Appropriations Advocacy
  • National News
    • Individual Action Tools Urging Support for the Build Back Better Act, summarized from MomsRising
    • New Interprofessional Education Module Available, summarized from CHEER
    • Request for Proposals on Implementation of Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support, summarized from NACCHO
    • Webinar Series on Breastfeeding Equity and Community Engagement, summarized from ASTHO
    • Study on Impact of Breastfeeding on Cardiovascular Disease, summarized from JAHA
    • Article on Remote Breastfeeding Support and Education, summarized from Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • State & Community News
    • Bill Introduced to Expand Airport Lactation Accommodations, summarized from New York
    • Report on Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, summarized from Massachusetts
    • Webinar on California Doula Program, summarized from NHeLP
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Submit a Presentation Proposal for the USBC Conference!

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is thrilled to launch the call for presentation proposals for the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC). For the safety of our team, the presenters, and the attendees, the event will be hosted online June 7-9, 2022.

The theme of this year's convening is Pathfinders: Honoring Lactation Wisdom & Nurturing Innovation. Presentations will be accepted in three learning arcs:

  • Decolonizing Lactation to Amplify Voices, Validate Experiences, Celebrate Stories, and Meet Needs of Historically Marginalized Populations
  • Partnering with Public Health to Fund Programming and Advance Lactation Equity
  • Demanding Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes to Realize our Vision of Thriving Families and Communities

Details about the conference objectives and resources to support the proposal submission process are on the USBC conference website. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 16, 2022.

Complimentary Learning Opportunity on Data Equity

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. We will not be able to share the session recording, so please plan to join us live tomorrow!

Technical Assistance Session on Appropriations Advocacy

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 next session, titled "Appropriation 101: How Your Organization Can Make a Difference," will take place on Wednesday, February 16, from 2-2:45 p.m. ET. Hosts Sarah Walz, Cheryl Lebedevitch, and Linda Kopecky will address questions from the field during this interactive 45-minute session. The session will include a brief overview of the federal appropriations process and how it impacts human milk feeding. Whether your organization is new to appropriations or looking for ways to have an even bigger impact, this session is a great opportunity to get your questions answered. 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.

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Individual Action Tools Urging Support for the Build Back Better Act, summarized from MomsRising

MomsRising released two action tools dedicated to supporting maternal and child health in the Build Back Better Act. Individuals can contact their Senators in support of critical infrastructure investments for families with the following action tools:

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg New Interprofessional Education Module Available, summarized from CHEER

The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research launched the Breastfeeding: Human Medicine Interprofessional Education (IPE) module. Interprofessional Education modules bring nursing, medical, and other professionals in the health field together, stressing the importance of working as a medical team. The free Human Medicine IPE includes breastfeeding scenarios, an interactive Q&A, interviews with health care professionals, and short presentations about breastfeeding. The module can be used by health care providers, lactation counselors, public health professionals, families, and all breastfeeding supporters. 

Request for Proposals on Implementation of Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a request for proposals for technical assistance consultants to support current project grantees implementing the Continuity of Care: A Blueprint for Communities. Approximately 2 awards up to $10,000 each are available. This RFP is open to any individuals and organizations with subject matter expertise in the proposed content area and with proven experience working with lactation support approaches that centers historically oppressed communities. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 1. 

Webinar Series on Breastfeeding Equity and Community Engagement, summarized from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is hosting a webinar session titled "Strategies and Systems to Enhance Community Breastfeeding Support" on Wednesday, February 9, from 3-4 p.m. ET. Speakers will share about maternity care programs that are working to create an interconnected system to enhance community support and innovations to reduce racism in maternity care. The session is part of the "Fostering Breastfeeding Equity Through Community Engagement" webinar series.

Study on Impact of Breastfeeding on Cardiovascular Disease, summarized from JAHA

The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study titled "Breastfeeding Is Associated With a Reduced Maternal Cardiovascular Risk: Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis Involving Data From 8 Studies and 1 192 700 Parous Women." The study systematically reviewed published evidence on the association of breastfeeding with maternal risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes. The review found that women who breastfed had a lower risk of future cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, and fatal cardiovascular disease. 

Article on Remote Breastfeeding Support and Education, summarized from Maternal & Child Nutrition

The journal, Maternal & Child Nutrition, published an article titled "Remote provision of breastfeeding support and education: Systematic review and meta-analysis." The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine if breastfeeding support provided remotely is an effective method of support. This systematic review found that remotely provided breastfeeding support and education combined with support in hospital is an effective intervention to increase the rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months. However, for other outcomes the results are less clear.

State and Community News

Bill Introduced to Expand Airport Lactation Accommodations, summarized from New York

Representative Michaelle Solages introduced A0 7813 in the New York General Assembly. The bill would require airports to provide a private lactation space in each airport terminal, expanding upon current federal requirements. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Health Committee

Report on Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, summarized from Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts, Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave released its annual report on the state's paid family and medical leave program. The report summarized the first six months of the program, during which time the state approved 43,440 applications. 43.9% of covered individuals took paid leave to bond with a child, and 10.7% took paid leave related to pregnancy.

Webinar on California Doula Program, summarized from NHeLP

The National Health Law Program is hosting a webinar titled "Doulas Know Best: Lessons Learned from California's Doula Pilot Programs," on Wednesday, January 26, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature a panel discussion on the lessons learned from ten of California's doula pilot programs. Program administrators and doulas will share common challenges, best practices, and lessons learned during the pilot program process.

News & Views

25 News KXXV: "Could doulas be the answer to improving birth outcomes in Central Texas?"

Department of Labor blog post: "Nursing Mom Fights for Workplace Rights"

Science Daily: "Vaccinated women pass COVID-19 antibodies to breastfeeding babies, study finds"

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