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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Updated 2023 State & Territory Breastfeeding Reports
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released an updated version of the 2023 California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio State Breastfeeding Reports, now featuring an expanded list of breastfeeding coalitions serving each state. Developed for each of the 50 states, DC, and four U.S. territories, the USBC State & Territory Breastfeeding Reports compare breastfeeding rates and other measures against national levels. The comprehensive reports shed a light on the policy, system, and environmental factors that impact infant feeding outcomes and feature a description of the state and community-based projects made possible through federal funding in 2021 and 2022.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
It's Black Breastfeeding Week and Week 4 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 USBC 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:
NBM News & Views
Webinar for Researchers Working With WIC
Healthy Eating Research and the National WIC Association are hosting a webinar, "Working with WIC: An Introduction to the National WIC Association Applied Research Framework," on Tuesday, September 19, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar is designed for researchers who are working with WIC. With funding from Healthy Eating Research, the National WIC Association has created an Applied Research Framework to help researchers plan, communicate, execute, and disseminate research related to WIC. This webinar will provide an overview of the framework and new resources researchers can use to plan research to inform policy and practice.
USBC Insight: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program promotes and supports breastfeeding as an important part of the nutrition service benefits to meet its mission of safeguarding the health of low-income women, infants, and children. WIC provides breastfeeding support by offering lactation consultants, peer counselors, and food packages with more food to help families breastfeed successfully. All WIC staff are trained to promote breastfeeding and provide the necessary support for breastfeeding families. WIC state and local agencies are required by WIC program regulations to create policies and procedures to ensure breastfeeding assistance is provided throughout the prenatal and postpartum period.
Public Comment Opportunity on CODEX Standards
The U.S. Codex Office published a public comment opportunity: "International Standard-Setting Activities." The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is a joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Food Standards Program that formulates voluntary international standards, codes of practice, guidelines and codes of practice that constitute the Codex Alimentarius. The Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code," is the preeminent international food standards-setting body that protects the health of consumers and ensures fair practices in the food trade. In the United States, the U.S. Codex Office engages stakeholders in the development and advancement of science-based food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade worldwide. This notice seeks comments on standards under consideration and recommendations for new standards, including the Revised Standard for Follow-up Formula (renamed as the Standard for Follow-up Formula for Older Infants and Product for Young Children). The deadline to submit comments is Friday, October 13.
Fact Sheet on Paid Family and Medical Leave for Lactating Workers
A Better Balance released a fact sheet: "The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave for Young Breastfeeding & Lactating Workers." The resource outlines how paid leave can support lactating parents, the particular barriers young parents face to breastfeeding and accessing paid leave, and the importance of a national paid leave program.
Study on Birth Control and Lactation
The MILK Research Lab is conducting a study titled the "Contraception, Human Milk, And Research Mechanisms (CHARM) Study." The study is focused on examining the impact of contraceptive use on lactation. The Lab is currently recruiting US-based, healthcare providers and workers (e.g., lactation support providers, doulas, birthworkers, midwives, physicians, APRNs, nurses, etc.), who provide contraceptive counseling to complete the brief survey.
State & Community News
Data Brief on PRAMS Data and Social Determinants of Health in Maine
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services published a report: "Measuring Social Determinants of Health of Perinatal and Infant Health in Maine." The data brief examines Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data (2016-2020) to demonstrate the use and limitations of PRAMS in measuring the Social Determinants of Health of perinatal health in Maine, including breastfeeding initiation and continuation.
American Bar Endowment: "Funding Urgent Boots-on-the-Ground Initiatives." Application deadline: Friday, October 6.
Central Carolina Community Foundation: "Connected Communities Grants." Application deadline: Saturday, September 30.
News & Views
Daily Nurse: "Breastfeeding Benefits Society, Not Just Mothers and Infants"
Mothers Milk Bank Northeast: "Breastmilk: 11 Fascinating Facts"
Frontiers in Public Health: "Rescinding evidence-based care and practices during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in the United States: a qualitative study of the experiences of lactation support providers"
International Breastfeeding Journal: "The association of breast feeding for at least six months with hemodynamic and metabolic health of women and their children aged three years: an observational cohort study"
Preventing Chronic Disease: "Public Belief in the Maternal Health Benefits of Breastfeeding — United States, 2018 and 2021"
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