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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Message from the USBC Board Chair
USBC Board Chair, Tiana Pyles, shared an important message and update in a USBC blog post titled "News from the Chair: Change is Good." The message provides news on a shift in USBC Board dynamics. Please join us in celebrating the service of Paulina Erices, and welcoming Chair-Elect Tina Sherman, and Elected Director Pauline Sakamoto. Learn more about the USBC Board of Directors on the U.S. Breastfeeding Board of Directors webpage.
Scholarship Opportunity for New USBC Member Organizations
If you are a new USBC member organization or are considering joining the USBC membership, we invite you to apply for the Creating Space Scholarship! This membership scholarship is available to new USBC member organizations that are led by and serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) or other priority populations, and have an operating budget of less than $250,000. Through this scholarship program, the USBC is awarding up to 100 organizations complimentary membership for 2023. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, read the blog post about the Creating Space Scholarship opportunity.
Reminder: Join USBC Coalitions Directory to be Featured in 2023 State Breastfeeding Reports
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released the 2023 State & Territory Breastfeeding Reports earlier this year. Updated versions of the reports will be released in August of 2023 for National Breastfeeding Month. The reports will feature an updated list of breastfeeding coalitions serving within the state or territory. If you would like your coalition to be featured in your state or territory's breastfeeding report, join the USBC Coalitions Directory, which is free of charge, by completing the USBC Membership Interest Form by Monday, July 31.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month 2023
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:
CHEER Breastfeeding Employer Toolkit Launch
The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research is hosting a webinar titled, "Mississippi WINS: When We Support Breastfeeding at Work" on Wednesday, August 2, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will announce the launch of the CHAMPS Mississippi WINS Employer Toolkit and create a discussion about how breastfeeding advocates can work with businesses to support breastfeeding employees.
PUMP Technical Correction Act Introduced in House and Senate
Senator Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Morelle (D-NY-25) introduced the PUMP Technical Correction Act (S. 2219/H.R. 3585). 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.
Resource on PUMP Act Protections for Transportation Workers
The Center for Worklife Law published a resource titled, "PUMP Act Protections for Transportation Workers." The resource details the protections the PUMP Act affords to transportation workers, the special rules that apply to rail carrier employees and motorcoach service operators, and protections available to flight crew members under other laws.
EEOC and DOL Webinar on Advancing Equity for Women in the Workplace
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are hosting a webinar titled, "Advancing Equity for Women in the Workplace" to celebrate Women's Equality Day. The session will discuss the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, and workplace laws that advance equity for women.
Updated Flyer from DOL on Workplace Protections for Nursing Mothers
The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau hosts the "Employment Issues Related to Pregnancy, Birth and Nursing" webpage, which now features an updated flyer titled "Nursing Mothers Workplace Protections" on Fair Labor Standards Act protections on the right to pump breast milk at work. There is also a Spanish version of the flyer titled, "Madres que están lactancia maternal Protecciones Laborales."
Great Lakes Webinar on Fatherhood Empowerment
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network released a Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar titled, "Fatherhood Empowerment: Beneficial for Everyone." The session addresses the benefits of father empowerment as it relates to child development, birthing persons' care and wellbeing, the healthcare system, and the father himself. The webinar is approved for continuing education through July 2024.
State & Community News
Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Signed Into Law in Maine
Maine Governor Mills signed into law legislation creating a state paid family and medical leave program (LD 258/HP 163). The bill establishes a state paid family and medical leave program that provides up to 12 weeks of leave that can be used to take paid time away from work to care for a new child, a family member or oneself due to a serious health condition, for safe leave, or for certain exigencies related to a family member's military deployment. Workers and employers will begin contributing to the program on January 1, 2025, and workers will be able to begin taking leave and receiving benefits on May 1, 2026. Maine is the fourteenth state (including Washington D.C.) to enact a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program. Highlights from the field include:
News & Views
Baby-Friendly USA: "What SHOULD Happen With Rooming-In"
The Pregnant Scholar: "Delayed Title IX Regulations: Our Perspective"
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