Weekly Wire: April 21, 2022

Weekly Wire: April 21, 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
    • Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Requests Submitted
    • USBC Supports...
    • USBC Conference Corner: Early Bird Discounts End Soon
  • International News
    • Infant Formula Marketing Review Announcement, summarized from Australia
  • National News
    • Action Tool in Support of the DEMAND Act, summarized from AND
    • Public Comment Opportunity on Proposed DGA Scientific Questions, summarized from FNS
    • Funding Opportunity for Community Health Worker Programs, summarized from HRSA
    • Breast Milk Transport Added As Reimbursable Expense, summarized from DOD
    • Bill to Extend Medicaid Coverage for Doulas and Midwives Introduced, summarized from Congress
    • Bill to Establish FDA Oversight of Donor Milk Introduced, summarized from Congress
  • State and Community News
    • Resource on Formula Recall and Breastfeeding, summarized from MIBFN
    • Report on Access to Paid Family Leave and PRAMS Data, summarized from MN DOH
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Requests Submitted

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee submitted requests to increase funding for the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item in the Fiscal Year 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill to the following offices:

  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Mike Braun (R-IN)
  • Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV)
  • Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
  • Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
  • Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)
  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  • Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03)
  • Representative Kay Granger (R-TX-12)
  • Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17)
  • Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA-05)
  • Representative Ben Cline (R-VA-06)
  • Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03)
  • Representative Josh Harder (D-CA-10)
  • Representative Andy Harris (R-MD-01)
  • Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-03)
  • Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14)
  • Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
  • Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI-04)
  • Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)
  • Representative Grace Meng (D-NY-06)

USBC Supports...

The USBC joined the following organizational sign-on letters from the field:

USBC Conference Corner: Early Bird Discounts Ending Soon

The National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Early Bird discount registration rate is ending next week. Attendees who complete registration by April 30 will save $50 off of either member or non-member rates. The preliminary agenda for the three-day online convening is now available. The USBC is applying for continuing education: CERPS and Dietetic Continuing Education, which are available for a fee of $50 or free for attendees who are associated with member organizations. Attendees must join live during conference dates to be eligible for continuing education, but sessions are available via recording for three months after the event for viewing purposes. Review the frequently asked questions and pricing.

Exhibit and networking sponsorship opportunities are available, including a discounted exhibit booth rate for BIPOC-led organizations. Exhibitors may elect to participate in the full convening, or solely staff their booth and connect with attendees in the virtual exhibit hall, as time and budget dictate. Sponsors are offered five minutes to share prerecorded remarks with the full group of attendees!  

International News

Infant Formula Marketing Review Announcement, summarized from Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health announced plans to review the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement, also known as the MAIF Agreement. The MAIF Agreement has been in place since 1992, and it is a voluntary, self-regulatory, code of conduct between the manufacturers and importers of infant formula in Australia. Individuals, members of industry, community and consumer groups can lodge a complaint with the Department of Health alleging a breach of the MAIF Agreement. The MAIF Complaints Committee received 55 complaints in the 2020-21 reporting period. Media highlights about the planned review include:

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Action Tool in Support of the DEMAND Act, summarized from AND

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launched an online action tool titled "Increase Access to Lactation Services and Supplies During Emergencies and Natural Disasters." Individuals can use the tool to contact their Members of Congress in support of the Delivering Essentials to Mothers Amid Natural Disasters (DEMAND) Act. The DEMAND Act would ensure that lactation support services and supplies are eligible expenses for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Critical Needs Assistance program.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Public Comment Opportunity on Proposed DGA Scientific Questions, summarized from FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, is seeking public comments on the initial proposed scientific questions for the development process of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030 (DGA). All scientific questions will be reviewed with a health equity lens to ensure that resulting guidance in the Dietary Guidelines is relevant to people with diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Additionally, unless a specific population is identified in the question, the question will consider evidence across the lifespan, including for infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, individuals who are pregnant or lactating, and older adults. Written comments will be accepted through Monday, May 16. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: The 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans included, for the first time, recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers as well as pregnant and lactating women. This next iteration provides the potential to expand and improve upon the existing guidelines related to infant feeding.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Funding Opportunity for Community Health Worker Programs, summarized from HRSA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration opened a funding opportunity titled "Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP)." The CHWTP is a multiyear program focused on education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of public health workers. This effort will support training and apprenticeship programs to help more people enter the health workforce and serve the critical role of trusted messengers to connect people to care and support, help ensure patients follow-up on their provider's recommendations and focus on preventive and protective factors that can improve health and well-being. 75 potential awards are available, and applications are due Tuesday, June 14. Read the press release.

Breast Milk Transport Added As Reimbursable Expense, summarized from DOD

The U.S. Department of Defense released a revision to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) to allow nursing service members and civilian employees to be reimbursed for the shipment of their breast milk when on official travel for more than three days. Authorized expenses may include reasonable commercial shipping fees, excess baggage, disposable storage bags or non-durable containers, cold shipping packages, refrigeration, and transport. The revised JTR went into effect on Thursday, April 7. Media highlights include:

Bill to Extend Medicaid Coverage for Doulas and Midwives Introduced, summarized from Congress

Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI-04) introduced the Mamas First Act (H.R. 7475). The Mamas First Act would address the maternal mortality crisis in the United States by allowing doulas, midwives, and tribal midwives to be reimbursed by Medicaid. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read the press release.

Bill to Establish FDA Oversight of Donor Milk Introduced, summarized from Congress

Representative Rosa DeLaura (D-CT-03) introduced the Donor Milk Safety Act (H.R. 7358). The bill would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that donor breast milk consumed by infants meets uniform safety standards. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: The USBC-affiliated Pasteurized Donor Human Milk Constellation will be convening to examine the bill text, identify potential unintended consequences, and explore opportunities for action.

State & Community News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Resource on Formula Recall and Breastfeeding, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network published the "Breastfeeding and Formula Recall FAQ Resource." The resource was developed for lactation supporters to download and share with families.

Report on Access to Paid Family Leave and PRAMS Data, summarized from MN DOH

The Minnesota Department of Health published a report titled "Maternity Leave after Childbirth: Access and Barriers to Paid and Unpaid Maternity Leave, Minnesota Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System 2016-2020." The report includes a section describing findings on maternity leave and breastfeeding outcomes. 

News & Views

ACLU press release: "Settlement Reached in Frontier Airlines Pregnancy and Lactation Discrimination Lawsuit"

ASTHO blog post: "Home Visiting Reauthorization: The First Trimester"

New America blog post: "A Big Week for Working Families in Maryland and Delaware Means Momentum Toward Paid Leave for All"

The Post and the Courier: "USC researchers launch breastfeeding support group for Black women in the Midlands"

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