The USBC e-Newsletter, Staying Abreast, is published in a weekly news brief format, called the Weekly Wire (WW). Past issues are archived below.
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The WW goes on hiatus several times a year: the weeks of the Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's holidays, the weeks before the Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day holidays, and the weeks of the USBC membership meetings.
Weekly Wire: July 1, 2022
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Special Section on Infant Formula Recall and Shortage
The United States is facing a serious shortage of infant formula. No baby should ever go hungry. As the nation grapples with this emergency, we need to do everything we can to support infant nutrition, including ensuring access to lactation support, supplies, and accommodations, donor milk, and infant formula. Throughout its history, the USBC has worked to ensure food security for our nation's infants by addressing gaps through policy, systems, and environmental change solutions, including building an infrastructure for infant and young child feeding in emergencies. We remain committed to this cause and will continue to curate and amplify resources from the field in the Weekly Wire Newsletter and on the USBC Website. Recent highlights include:
Infant Formula Recall and Shortage News & Views
AAP Policy Statement on Breastfeeding Updated
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an updated policy statement and technical report titled "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk." The publications outline recommendations and evidence of significant health benefits to infants and mothers of human milk and breastfeeding. Under the new policy, the AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months of life before introducing nutritious complementary foods, and supports continued breastfeeding until two years or beyond, as mutually desired by mother and child. The policy encourages social and systemic changes to support mothers who choose to breastfeed and calls for addressing implicit bias, structural bias, and structural racism to eliminate disparities in breastfeeding and improve the health and well-being of all children and families. This is an update from the 2012 guidance, which recommended continued breastfeeding for up to one year or longer. The AAP guidance is now consistent with recommendations from the World Health Organization. Highlights from the field include:
CDC Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit Published
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released the "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit." The publication provides information and resources for emergency preparedness and response personnel, families, and the public to ensure that children are safely fed during disasters or emergencies. This toolkit focuses on IYCF-E preparedness and response efforts specific to the U.S. and its territories. It includes information for families and caregivers on how to be prepared to feed infants and young children during emergencies and addresses important considerations for donations during emergencies. The toolkit also includes printable handouts, including the Rapid Needs Assessment Intake for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies and infant feeding signage for shelters.
House Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Bills
The House Committee on Appropriations released the fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills and associated reports. Breastfeeding is included in several appropriations bill. Stay tuned for detailed analyses from the USBC.
Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations Prohibiting Sex-Based Discrimination in Schools
The Department of Education released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). The purpose of the proposed regulations is to better align the Title IX regulatory requirements with Title IX’s nondiscrimination mandate, and to clarify the scope and application of Title IX and the obligation of all schools, including elementary schools, secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, and other recipients that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department to provide an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including through responding to incidents of sex discrimination. Under the proposed regulations, employees and students must be provided lactation space which is not a bathroom, and is clean, shielded from view, free from intrusion, and may be used for expressing breast milk or breastfeeding as needed. The draft regulations would also define pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions more consistently and recognize lactation as a pregnancy-related condition. Media and partner highlights include:
White House Maternal Health Blueprint Published
The White House released a report titled "White House Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis." The Blueprint outlines five priorities to improve maternal health and outcomes in the United States: Increasing access to and coverage of comprehensive high-quality maternal health services, including behavioral health services; Ensuring women giving birth are heard and are decisionmakers in accountable systems of care; Advancing data collection, standardization, harmonization, transparency, and research; Expanding and diversifying the perinatal workforce; and Strengthening economic and social supports for people before, during, and after pregnancy. The Blueprint lays out specific actions that the federal government will take to improve maternal health, including extending Medicaid coverage from two months to one year postpartum, promoting greater awareness of workplace protections and accommodations for new parents, supporting breastfeeding through the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge, and evaluating the impact of doulas and lactation support on service members and their families through the TRICARE Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration. Read the fact sheet.
Bill to Address Healthy Inequities Introduced in House
Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (H.R. 7585). The bill aims to provide a legislative roadmap to eliminate racial and ethnic health inequities, including addressing the maternal mortality crisis. The bill would direct the Secretary of Health to implement a nationwide campaign to increase awareness about pregnancy and breastfeeding information services, expand lactation support for those who are incarcerated, and integrate breastfeeding support into maternal mortality prevention efforts. The bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. Read the press release.
Updated Policy Statement on Safe Sleep Environments for Infants
The American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated policy statement titled "Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment." The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of all sleep-related deaths. This includes supine positioning; use of a firm, noninclined sleep surface; room sharing without bed sharing; and avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS risk reduction include human milk feeding; avoidance of exposure to nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, opioids, and illicit drugs; routine immunization; and use of a pacifier. New recommendations are presented regarding noninclined sleep surfaces, short-term emergency sleep locations, use of cardboard boxes as a sleep location, bed sharing, substance use, home cardiorespiratory monitors, and tummy time. Additional information to assist parents, physicians, and nonphysician clinicians in assessing the risk of specific bed-sharing situations is also included.
Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus Virtual Briefing
The Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus is hosting a Congressional briefing on July 13, at 3:30 p.m. ET titled "Addressing Food Insecurity and Nutrition as a SDOH." The virtual briefing will focus on the drivers and heatlh impacts of food insecurity, highlight best practices in helping to connect individuals with access to healthy food, and explore potential legislative approaches to alleviate the impact of food insecurity.
Report on Giving Voices to Mothers Study
The Birth Place Lab published a report titled "The Giving Voice to Mothers Study Report: Communities defining quality and safety in pregnancy and childbirth care." Community members worked with clinicians, non-governmental organization leaders, and researchers to design a study on quality of care as experienced by pregnant persons from communities of color (Black, Indigenous, and Latinx) and those who planned to give birth in homes and birth centers. Together they developed and administered a cross-sectional online survey to explore novel topics including: agency in decision-making, coercion and non-consented procedures, access to supportive services, and systemic respect or discrimination over the course of care. The report features key findings from the study and how to transform the lived experience of perinatal services and assure equitable access to the highest quality of care for all service users.
Good Jobs Principles Framework Released
The Department of Commerce and Department of Labor released "Good Jobs Principles" as part of the Good Jobs Initiative. The principles are intended to serve as a framework for a shared vision of job quality. The principles name paid leave and caregiving supports among the family-supporting benefits that are important for job quality.
State & Community News
Legislation Enacted to Prevent Infant Formula Price Gouging
The Council of the District of Columbia has enacted the Infant Formula Consumer Protection Emergency Amendment Act of 2022. The legislation prohibits the sale of infant formula products at a price greater than 20% above the average price of a substantially similar product during the 90-day period preceding the February 17, 2022.
News & Views
Bloomberg Law: "Air, Rail Groups Stymie Push to Expand Breastfeeding Protections"
HHS blog post: "U.S. Summary of the 75th World Health Assembly"
Women Employed blog post: "Illinois Can Lead on Paid Leave"
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