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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Share Your #ThisIsOurWhy Story
This National Breastfeeding Month, join the celebration by sharing your stories about why increasing support for breastfeeding and increasing access to human milk is important to you. The 2023 NBM theme is This Is Our Why, which celebrates the many reasons breastfeeding and human milk are important, as well as why we, as advocates, work to protect, promote, and support human milk feeding. Each of us has our own "why": why we care, why we work so hard, why we are passionate, and why we don't give up. The USBC will be amplifying stories during National Breastfeeding Month to demonstrate why our collective work is so important. Beyond August, we will be sharing your compelling stories with policymakers and partners, and featuring excerpts in campaigns that make the case for critical policy changes that impact babies, mothers, lactating people, and families nationwide. Take a moment to share your story with us today!
Order Your NBM T-Shirts Before They're Gone!
We invite you to shop the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee's National Breastfeeding Month 2023 Bonfire store to order this year's limited-edition t-shirt featuring the This is Our Why logo on the back which lists the many reasons why the support and protection of breastfeeding and human milk feeding are so important. Available in a variety of colors and styles, we hope you'll find one that's perfect for you and your whole team. Make a donation at point of sale! Visit our Ways to Give webpage to learn about all of the ways you can support the USBC vision of thriving families and communities, including giving a sustaining gift this National Breastfeeding Month by becoming a monthly donor.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) kicked off this week, and 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
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director and WHO Director-General on World Breastfeeding Week
UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell and WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a joint statement on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week. The statement emphasizes the importance of supportive workplaces in increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates to reach the global 2030 target of 70 percent. UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector to step up efforts to take measures to support breastfeeding in the workplace.
CDC NIS Breastfeeding Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new breastfeeding rates from the National Immunization Survey - Child (NIS-Child). The data examines infant feeding rates and characteristics among U.S. children born between 2013 and 2020.
NASEM Report: Federal Policy to Advance Racial, Ethnic, and Tribal Health Equity
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine pre-published a consensus study report titled, "Federal Policy to Advance Racial, Ethnic, and Tribal Health Equity." The report analyzes how past and current federal policies may create, maintain, and/or amplify racial, ethnic, and tribal health inequities and mentions breastfeeding in the context of doula care as an evidence-based, cost-effective way to mitigate racial and ethnic health inequities around birth. This report identifies key features of policies that have served to reduce inequities and makes recommendations to help achieve racial, ethnic, and tribal health equity.
State & Community News
Minnesota Webinar on Pregnant/New Parent Workers' Rights and Protections
The Minnesota Department of Health WIC Program and Family Home Visiting Program are hosting a webinar, "Minnesota Workers' Rights and Protections for Pregnant and New Parents," on Thursday, August 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The session will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry who will discuss updates to worker protections for pregnant and new parents and case examples highlighting the 2023 changes to the law. The primary audience for this webinar is WIC, Family Home Visiting, public health staff, and other healthcare professionals supporting families returning to work. 1.5 L-CERPs will be provided to participants through a partnership with the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition.
State of Breastfeeding in Kansas 2023 Report
The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition released the State of Breastfeeding in Kansas 2023 report. The report includes breastfeeding rates in the state and action resources for individuals, hospitals, healthcare providers, state and local governments, and businesses.
HHS: "Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) (S06 Clinical Trial Optional)." Application deadline: August 7, 2026.
News & Views
Breast/Chestfeed New Haven: "Media Advisory: Union Station Lactation Space Launch"
American Journal of Preventative Medicine: "Associations Between Breastfeeding and Post-perinatal Infant Deaths in the U.S."
Breastfeeding Medicine: "Promotion, Protection, and Support of Breastfeeding as a Human Right: A Narrative Review"
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