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.
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Celebrating the Passage of the PUMP Act & Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee published a blog titled "Taking the Time for Celebration: the PUMP Act & PWFA are Law!" commemorating the passage of the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and highlighting recent celebrations of these landmark civil rights advancements. The blog describes the celebration at the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening, A Better Balance Victory Party, and the White House Gender Policy Council event.
Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Update
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee published a blog titled "FY24 Appropriations: What the House and Senate Bills Mean for Infant Feeding." Congress has released 11 of the 12 appropriations bills that set the federal budget. The USBC blog details unfunded and one-time directives included in the appropriations bills and associated reports that have been released so far. In addition, the USBC delivered the coalition letter urging Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The letter is signed by 194 organizations. Additional signatures will be added on a rolling basis. Add your organization by completing the sign-on form.
Best Wishes to Miriam
The USBC team would like to express our sincere gratitude for the work and service of Miriam Rodriguez as she steps away from the organization and into a new and exciting role as a Gender Policy Specialist in Costa Rica. Miriam has provided valued service to the USBC for the past five years as a key member of the USBC membership and training team. Miriam has been integral to the design and implementation of the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) and NBCC Awardee program and has patiently worked to ensure that USBC learning opportunities include valuable continuing education credits. Next week will be Miriam's final week with the USBC. It's been a pleasure and an honor to have her as a teammate, and she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best in her next endeavor!
Upcoming Events on USBC Events Calendar
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee maintains an Events Calendar with upcoming breastfeeding-related events that are hosted by our extensive network of USBC member organizations. Events include online trainings, learning opportunities, virtual conferences, and more. Check out the calendar to explore recently added events taking place in the coming weeks. USBC member organizations are invited to submit events via the USBC Member Portal.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) is right around the corner! The 2023 NBM theme is This is Our Why. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is busy preparing for a full month of activities and events. Join us as we take the time in August 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 important campaigns like this one. Highlights from the field include:
Breastfeeding Month Proclamations
Insights on the Realities of Working as an IBCLC while Breastfeeding Webinar
A new Global Centre for Lactation Training webinar, "Work, Milk, and Magic: Insights on the Realities of Working as an IBCLC while Breastfeeding," is available on demand beginning the week of August 7 for two months. The discussion will feature a series of experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) panelists who are also working parents. The panelists will delve into their personal journeys. Discover their navigation strategies, and the intriguing juxtaposition of reality and their initial expectations of life with a breastfeeding baby.
PUMP Technical Amendment Advances in Senate
The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the PUMP Technical Correction Act (S. 2219) through committee. The bill would amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to expand access to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace to employees of the legislative branch, including employees of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Architect of the Capitol. The committee held a markup on Wednesday, July 26, and voted to advance the bill favorably without amendment.
FAA Reauthorization Passed by House
The House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2023 (H.R. 3935). The bill would authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2024 through 2028 and includes a provision that would require the FAA Administrator to issue guidance to air carriers relating to the expression of breast milk by crewmembers on an aircraft during non-critical phases of flight, consistent with the performance of the crewmember's duties aboard the aircraft.
Resolution Supporting Bump Day Introduced
Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06) introduced House Resolution 603, supporting Bump Day, a global day of maternal health awareness, action, and advocacy. The resolution reaffirms the United States' continued leadership to end preventable maternal deaths in the United States and globally.
Mom Economy Resolution Introduced
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY-06) introduced the Mom Economy Resolution (S.Res.306/H.Res.605). The resolution recognizes that the United States needs to support and strengthen mothers in the workforce by investing in the Mom Economy, including through investments in paid family and medical leave. Read the press release.
USDA Food and Nutrition Assistance Landscape: Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the "Food and Nutrition Assistance Landscape: Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report." The report examines program trends and policy changes in USDA's largest U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs through FY 2022. It also highlights the steps the USDA took to respond to the recent infant formula crisis.
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