The USBC e-Newsletter, Staying Abreast, is published in a weekly news brief format, called the Weekly Wire (WW). Past issues are archived below.
Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.
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: October Equity Webinar Announced, Final NBM Events, Infant Feeding Appropriations Analysis, and more
Weekly Wire: August 26, 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 an 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:
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Webinar on Racism and Gendered Language
Join the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee and Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist on Wednesday, October 12, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Racism and the Colonial Roots of Gendered Language in Public Health and Biomedicine." Dr. Palmquist will unpack colonial influences on gendered language, the fluidity of language in other cultures, and inclusive approaches to transform the culture of the First Food Field. Registration is free, and USBC has applied for CERPS and CPEU for Dietitians.
Update on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations and Infant Feeding
The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations bills and associated reports. Funding provisions that impact infant feeding are included in several appropriations bills. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee published a blog post titled "FY23 Appropriations: What the Senate bills mean for infant feeding " that highlights the critical need for federal funding supporting infant feeding. The USBC "Federal Appropriations for Breastfeeding" has been webpage to reflect the current status of the appropriations process. This is one of several steps in the appropriations process, and it is crucial for the voices of breastfeeding families and those who support them to continue to be heard!
National Breastfeeding Month Blog Post on Choice and Human Milk Feeding
USBC Senior Campaign & Convening Manager, Camille Abbe, published a blog post titled "A Consideration of Choice (in the Absence of Systemic Supports)." In the post, she explores the implications of using the word "choice" when describing breastfeeding or human milk feeding and the critical need for policy, systems, and environmental changes to make it possible for families to reach their infant feeding goals.
August Fundraising Campaign Update
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is in the final week of our August fundraising campaign. You can support the USBC by making a donation of any size, one-time or recurring monthly. Your gift today can help create lasting change for families and will help us reach our goal of 500 donors during August. The support of 233 people purchasing 341 t-shirts and 60 generous donors (and counting!) is deeply appreciated. About 4,000 people receive this newsletter, and if just 200 subscribers give today, we will reach our goal! Will you help us get over the finish line?
New USBC Member: Nurturings (Attachment Parenting International)
Joins us in welcoming a new addition to the USBC membership! Nurturings (Attachment Parenting International) is a new USBC member organization that equips local leaders to provide peer parenting support in communities that fosters early secure attachment. Breastfeeding is one of their eight areas of focus, and it is reinforced in the other areas of birth, breastsleeping, nurturing touch and babywearing, balance, responding with sensitivity, and care. Learn more about their work on the Nurturings website.
Final Call for NBM 2022 T-Shirts
This is the final week to order the official National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) 2022 t-shirt! The deadline to purchase is Wednesday, August 31. Every order includes about $5 earmarked for U.S. Breastfeeding Committee advocacy efforts protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding and human milk feeding and furthering our vision of thriving families and communities. Join us as we celebrate our collective efforts in the final week of August!
Weekly Wire Hiatus and USBC Office Closure
The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus for the next week while USBC staff is out of the office for an extended Labor Day break. The USBC "offices" will be closed from Wednesday, August 31, through Monday, September 5. We look forward to connecting when we return!
Special Section on the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act
As the Congressional session winds down, the clock is ticking for the Senate to pass the bipartisan PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act. Along with our partners, the USBC has been working tirelessly to educate Senators on the power and potential impact of the broadly supported bipartisan bill. We are not giving up! Please raise your voice with us through our individual action tool and sign on to our organizational letter. Recent media highlights on the fight for the PUMP Act include:
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month 2022
It's the final week of National Breastfeeding Month and the 10th anniversary of Black Breastfeeding Week! Thank you to all USBC member organizations, breastfeeding coalitions, partner organizations, and individuals who have participated in online action and conversation about the policy and practice changes needed to build a landscape of support for babies and families this month. Together, we really can do great things!
Highlights from the field for this week include:
Breastfeeding Month Proclamations
NBM News & Views
The above unbranded graphics, plus more, are available for download on the USBC NBM webpage.
mPINC Survey Data Collection Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is more than halfway through the data collection period for CDC's 2022 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. Battelle, the contractor conducting the mPINC survey, has contacted every hospital in the United States and territories that routinely provides maternity care services. They are still calling hospitals to determine whether a hospital is eligible to complete the survey. Mother-baby nurse managers or labor and delivery unit managers might be contacted by Battelle to determine eligibility and will be asked to provide an email address for the best point of contact for a hospital-specific link to the survey. If a hospital has not heard from Battelle, they can check with their managers/leadership, lactation specialists, and maternity staff to see if anyone has received a call or voicemail from Battelle. If not, the CDC requests that they send an email to mPINC@cdc.gov with the hospitals full name and address. The CDC has not yet estabished a final submission deadline, however it encourages hospitals to submit their surveys as soon as possible after receiving the invitation. For more information about the 2022 mPINC survey, visit the Hospital FAQs webpage.
Report on Donor Human Milk Use in Neonatal Care Units
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report titled "Donor Human Milk Use in Advanced Neonatal Care Units — United States, 2020." Through an analysis of CDC's 2020 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey data, the authors found that donor milk was not available for infants with very low birth weight at 13% of U.S. hospitals with neonatal intensive care units.
Public Comment Period on Respectful Maternity Care Implementation Research Questions
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality opened a public comment period for the key questions on "Respectful Maternity Care: Dissemination and Implementation of Perinatal Safety Culture to Improve Equitable Maternal Healthcare Delivery and Outcomes." The resource that will be developed will be used to guide policymakers and practice leaders in measuring and identifying respectful maternity care (RMC), disrespect or abuse during childbirth, and effective strategies for implementing RMC in order to improve outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged populations. The comment period is open through Friday, September 9.
County-Level Mapping Tool Featuring Maternal and Infant Health Data
The Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau designed a new "Maternal and Infant Health Mapping Tool" with customizable, county-level maps. Individuals can use the tool to help federal, state and local decision-makers and leaders visualize maternal and infant health factors to help them understand local needs and target resources appropriately. Individuals can also upload their own data source to create a custom layer on the maps.
Webinar on Workplace Supports for Women
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is hosting a webinar titled "Supporting Women in the Workplace," on Wednesday, August 31, at 11 a.m. ET. Participants are invited to join to learn about DOL resources and protections available for women throughout their careers, beginning as a student up to retirement.
Action Tool in Support of Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launched an action tool titled "Take Action Now to Ensure Congress Passes the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act." Individuals can use the tool to contact their Members of Congress in support of the bill.
USBC Insight: The Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act would reauthorize critical child nutrition programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and expand the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. For more information about the potential impact of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, see the write-up in last week's Weekly Wire.
IBCLC Recertification Deadline Next Month
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners issued a reminder that the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) recertification deadline is Friday, September 30. Additionally, beginning with those due to recertify in 2022, IBCLCs are no longer required to recertify by examination every ten years. Now, there are two options for every five-year recertification cycle.
Study on Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Initiative
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute is conducting a study that aims to learn more about the characteristics of Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care (BFCC) initiatives. Individuals that manage or administer a BFCC initiative in the United States are invited to participate. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for $250. The deadline to fill out the survey is Friday, September 30.
Virtual Gathering on Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities
Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities is hosting a virtual gathering on Thursday, September 8, at 1 p.m. ET. Participants will convene to discuss the Ten Steps to a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community, gather ideas for expanding their programs, and share their goals.
Report from the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
The Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health released its comprehensive report titled "Informing the White House Conference: Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States" to inform the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The report includes a series of 30 policy recommendations and actions to advance the goals of the conference. The public health and nutrition education sector recommendations include "create and invest in programs and policies that promote human milk feeding as the premier source of infant nutrition." On Wednesday, August 31, at 2 p.m. ET the Task Force Co-Chairs will host a public webinar on the report and its recommendations.
Listening Session Ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
The White House is hosting a special, virtual listening session titled "White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Lived Expertise Listening Session" on Monday, August 29, at 5:30 p.m. ET. In an effort to achieve the goals of ending hunger and health disparities in the U.S., The White House is committed to learning directly from those with lived expertise. Community members with lived experience are invited to share their insights and perspectives during this historic listening session that will inform the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to be hosted in September.
State & Community News
Bill Introduced Requiring Hospitals Maintain Baby-Friendly Designation in New Jersey
New Jersey Assemblywoman Britnee Timblerlake introduced Bill A4286, which would require all hospitals with maternity departments to maintain baby-friendly and mother-friendly designations. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Health Committee.
Expanded Paid Parental Leave Approved for City of Minneapolis Employees
The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution to expand paid parental leave for employees of the city from three weeks to twelve weeks for the birth or adoption of a child. Media highlights include:
News & Views
Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities blog post: "LGBTQ+ Human Milk Feeding Committee-Support & Resources"
Food Ingredients 1st: "Droughts and heatwaves leave alarming impact on breastfeeding rates, warns WHO"
Gillings School News: "During a formula shortage is the perfect time to talk about milk sharing"
The Guardian: "Sanwo-Olu's wife advocates exclusive breastfeeding for babies"
NPWF press statement: "Senate Budget Reconciliation Deal is Bittersweet Compromise that Fails to Center Women"
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: "Senator Casey: We need you to protect pregnant Pennsylvanians"
The Scientist: "In Search of the Best Milk Recipe for Preemies' Gut Bacteria"
The Washington Informer: "Black Women Facing The Uphill Battle To Breastfeed"
Yahoo! Lifestyle: "A history of breastfeeding and formula shaming: How did we get here?"
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