Weekly Wire Archive
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.
In this issue:
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Call for Applications: Join a USBC Committee
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is now accepting applications for Committee Service. The USBC is seeking to fill up to fifteen openings across six committees. Volunteers provide critical recommendations to the USBC Board of Directors regarding membership, finances, operationalizing equity, and beyond. We hope you'll join us!
The following committees are open to all interested individuals:
The following committees are open to USBC member organization representatives:
Duties vary by committee. Visit the USBC Committee webpage to learn about the work of each group.
National Breastfeeding Month T-Shirts Now Available in Spanish
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is thrilled to announce that the official This is Our Why National Breastfeeding Month t-shirts are now available featuring our Spanish Por Esto Estamos Aqui logo! We invite you to shop our Spanish National Breastfeeding Month 2023 Bonfire store to snag your own limited-edition t-shirt. Share with the world the many reasons why the support and protection of breastfeeding and human milk feeding are your why! Thank you to Olivia Millan for her hard work translating this design.
Take Action with the USBC: Support the Air PUMP Act
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee launched a new action tool titled, "Support the Air PUMP Act." In 2022, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act was signed into law. This landmark legislation significantly closed a gap in federal legislation that left nearly 9 million women of childbearing age without the right to time and space to pump during the workday. Unfortunately, flight attendants and pilots are still left out of these important protections. The Air PUMP Act would close this gap so that every working mom has the opportunity to breastfeed their baby. Take action with us today to urge your members of Congress to extend workplace protections to flight attendants and pilots.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
It is Indigenous Milk Medicine Week and week 2 of National Breastfeeding Month! We invite you to join us as we take the time for action, education, and celebration of our collective efforts. Share your organization's plans with us so we can amplify your work in the Weekly Wire and on social media and make a donation to help support critical advocacy efforts. While the Weekly Wire generally does not include paid events, events occurring during National Breastfeeding Month are the exception to this rule. Highlights from the field include:
Breastfeeding Month Proclamations
NBM News & Views
FNS Report on Promoting Nutrition Security
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service published a new report titled, "Leveraging the White House Conference to Promote and Elevate Nutrition Security: The Role of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service." The report highlights breastfeeding support in the context of the WIC program, as one of the most powerful, evidence-based public health interventions available.
ASPHN Primer on Food and Nutrition Security Terms
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists published the Food and Nutrition Security Primer. This resource is designed to deepen understanding of the rapidly changing and increasing number of food and nutrition security terms. It contains background information with an emphasis on why terminology matters. There is also a table with terms and definitions used by national food, nutrition, and health programs and organizations, including first food desert and first food justice.
CDC Webinar on Breastfeeding Monitoring, Promotion, and Support
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is hosting a webinar titled, "From Hospital to Community: Monitoring, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding" on Thursday, August 31, at 2 p.m. ET. This session is part of the DNPAO Seminar Series which is designed to showcase the latest research, guidelines, and successes to partners, public health practitioners, and other professionals interested in nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. The discussion will cover how communities, workplaces, childcare agencies, hospitals, health care providers, lactation support providers, and related social support service providers can make breastfeeding attainable and easier.
Resource for Governors on Tackling the Maternal and Infant Health Crisis
The National Governors Association published a report titled, "Tackling The Maternal And Infant Health Crisis: A Governor’s Playbook." This resource is a guide designed to make transformational change in a system that has historically failed mothers and babies, especially Black, Hispanic and American Indian and Alaskan Native mothers and babies. The report includes recommendations that would improve breastfeeding rates and reduce disparities, including funding state Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs); reimbursing doula care in Medicaid and increasing access to doulas; and ensuring that state laws increase breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates and decrease disparities among breastfeeding mothers.
Scorecard on Federal Unpaid and Underpaid Care Policies
Oxfam published a report titled, "US Care Policy Scorecard: Assessing federal unpaid and underpaid care policies in the US." The scorecard seeks to assess the U.S. care policy environment at the federal level by looking at 30 federal policy indicators related to both unpaid care and underpaid care work, including breastfeeding accommodaitons at work and paid family and medical leave. The report includes examples of states that have passed care policies in light of absent or weak federal policies, as well as policy recommendations to strengthen the care policy environment in the US.
Report on U.S. Maternity Care Access
March of Dimes published a report titled, "Where You Live Matters: Maternity Care Deserts and the Crisis of Access and Equity." The report shows more than 5.6 million women live in counties with no or limited access to maternity care services. One of the largest analyses on maternity care access, the report offers insight into the factors that impact pregnancies in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Read the news release.
Resource on State Paid Family and Medical Leave Laws
A Better Balance published an updated version of the "Comparative Chart of Paid Family and Medical Leave Laws in the United States." Thirteen states and the District of Colombia have paid family and medical leave laws. The document provides an overview of these laws, including newly passed laws in Maine and Minnesota.
Breastfeeding Support Resource for Lactation Professionals
First Droplets released "ABCs for Professionals," a training resource for lactation professionals, doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas. The series of free videos provide information on current science and strategies to help new mothers.
Modification Notice on TRICARE Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration
The Department of Defense issued a notice of demonstration modifications titled "Modifications to the Overseas Implementation of the TRICARE Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration." The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs is notifying the public that the TRICARE Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration (CBSD) will be modified for implementation to the TRICARE Overseas Program, and that due to current financial constraints, all or part of the evaluation of the CBSD may be conducted by internal DoD analytics staff.
State & Community News
CHEER Mississippi WINS Employer Toolkit Released
The Center for Health Equity, Education & Research (CHEER) released the Mississippi WINS Employer Toolkit. The resource provides simple, practical ideas that employers can use to better support breastfeeding families and work with businesses to accommodate breastfeeding employees. It includes an employer guide, tip sheets tailored to each industry, and resources for pregnant and breastfeeding employees and breastfeeding advocates.
EPIC Webinar on Supporting Breastfeeding Parents in the Workplace in Georgia
Educating Physicians and Practices in their Communities (EPIC) is hosting a webinar titled, "Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a Difference for Working Parents" on Wednesday, August 23, at 12:30 p.m. ET. This informative webinar will focus on supporting working parents in their breastfeeding journey and will discuss the following: federal and Georgia state laws protecting lactating workers and strategies for creating a supportive environment, the role of healthcare institutions in creating a culture of support for lactating workers, and how lack of workplace support is a barrier to parents meeting their own breastfeeding goals.
Healthy Children Project: "2023 Accessing the Milky Way Scholarship Application." Application deadline: Tuesday, August 15.
News & Views
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: "Hundreds of Thousands of Young Children and Postpartum Adults Would Be Turned Away from WIC under House and Senate Funding Levels"
Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition: "USBC Conference Attendee's Highlights"
The Sacramento Bee: "How California law protects pregnant and postpartum employees. These are your rights"
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