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.
Weekly Wire: USBC Blog Post on CDC Breastfeeding Report, Special AJPH Issue on First 1,000 Days, and more
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USBC Membership Meeting Recap
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee hosted the Fall 2022 Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 20. During the meeting, representatives from USBC member organizations heard updates from federal partners and were onboarded to the new USBC First Food Connection Hub, a platform for networking, collaboration, peer sharing, and learning. At the opening of the meeting, USBC Membership Engagement Committee member and Executive Director of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce, Monica Esparza, delivered the "Mission Moment." Read more about the meeting in our new blog post, "The USBC Membership Steps Into a New Opportunity for Connection: Launching the First Food Connection Hub & Taking a Mission Moment with Monica Esparza." All organizations with a commitment to the USBC mission are invited to complete the USBC Membership Interest Form.
USBC Blog Post on CDC Breastfeeding Report Card
This summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the 2022 Breastfeeding Report Card. The report brings together critical data on national, state, and territorial breastfeeding practices, as well as the environmental factors that are proven to impact breastfeeding outcomes. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee published a blog post, "A Closer Look at the 2022 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card," in which our USBC Public Health Writing Specialist takes a closer look at key findings from the report, including two new indicators on paid leave and early care and education regulations.
A Call to Action for Breastfeeding Coalitions: Be Included in Your State's Report!
Every other year, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee publishes a breastfeeding report for every state and territory. These reports include breastfeeding rates, federally funded lactation projects, and active breastfeeding coalitions in that state/territory. The USBC is currently working on updating these reports for publication in 2023. All breastfeeding coalitions listed in our directory will be included in this year's report. If your coalition would like to be included this year, please submit the prospective membership form by Friday, November 18. Review your state's report from prior years to learn more about this effort.
USBC Learning Opportunities Page Updated: USBC Webinar Recordings Available
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee updated the Learning Opportunities webpage. The page now features a curated collection of recent USBC webinars, including October's diversity, equity, and inclusion webinar titled, "Racism and the Colonial Roots of Gendered Language in Public Health and Biomedicine," with Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist.
November is Native American Heritage Month!
Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) is here! The month honors the rich diversity of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian cultures, traditions, and languages, recognizes the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of its people, and focuses on how heritage intersects with health. By working together to raise awareness of health disparities and providing a platform for national American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities, we can all help move communities toward health equity. To explore breastfeeding resources on Native American Heritage Month, visit the USBC "November Is Native American Heritage Month" webpage. To help us amplify your resources in celebration of NAHM, please submit relevant resources that can be shared on the USBC website and social media channels.
The USBC joined the following joint letter from the field:
National WIC Association: Letter to congressional leadership in support of WIC priorities
Special Publication Series on Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days Released
The American Journal of Public Health, in partnership with 1,000 Days, released a special issue titled "Nutrition in the First 1000 Days." The collection of articles presents the state of science, research needs, and policy agenda for optimal maternal and child nutrition in the United States. The importance of breastfeeding in the first 1,000 days is highlighted throughout many of the articles in the series. Several articles specifically explore the role of lactation in achieving optimal child nutrition, including:
Invitation to Contribute Stories to LLLI Publication
La Leche League International (LLLI) is developing the 9th edition of its core publication, "The Art of Breastfeeding." La Leche League International aims to ensure the book reflects the experiences and wisdom of mothers and parents around the world and invites them to share their stories for use in the book. View the 8th edition of the publication.
ASTHO Brief on Breastfeeding & Maternal Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) published a brief titled "Supporting Breastfeeding and Maternal Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted perinatal mental health and breastfeeding through disruptions in care and increased exposure to stressors. In this report, ASTHO emphasizes the role of breastfeeding as a protective factor for maternal mental health, highlights state and local community efforts to support breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic, and proposes recommendations for states to strengthen support for maternal health needs.
U.S. Surgeon General Publishes Framework for Workplace Mental Health
The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General published a Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being, in which workplace well-being is framed as an economic and public health priority. The framework identifies five essential characteristics of healthy workplaces. The third essential characteristic proposes increasing access to paid leave, including paid parental leave. The benefits of paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave are highlighted in the framework.
State & Community News
UC San Diego Launches Human Milk Institute
The University of California San Diego launched the new Human Milk Institute (HMI), an epicenter of data and expertise in human milk that was designed to inform areas across research, education, clinical care, and global public health. Media highlights include:
City of Chicago Announces 12-Weeks Paid Parental Leave for City Employees
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced the agreement to expand the City of Chicago's paid parental leave policy, which will be effective January 1, 2023. Under the new policy, all City employees will receive up to twelve weeks of paid parental leave regardless of whether they are the birthing or non-birthing parent. With this expansion, Chicago becomes one of the largest cities in the country to have a paid family leave policy. Media highlights include:
Indiana Hospital Lactation Survey
The Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition (IBC), in partnership with the Indiana Department of Health, is conducting the Indiana Hospital Lactation Survey. IBC is surveying all delivering hospitals and birth centers in Indiana to collect information regarding lactation support across the state. IBC plans to create an asset map of this data that parents and healthcare providers can access at no charge to help them connect with professional lactation support.
Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition Education & Membership Meeting
The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting its Membership Meeting virtually, on Wednesday, November 9, at 6 p.m. ET. The "Lactation After Loss" session will offer evidence-based information for allied health professionals to enhance their counseling and clinical skills when supporting lactating parents who have suffered infant loss. Continuing education credits will be provided. The online meeting is free, but pre-registration is required.
News & Views
National Partnership for Women and Families blog post: "Scary Stats 2022: 'Halloween Ends' but Pregnancy Discrimination Continues"
Breastfeeding Medicine: "Lactation Support for People Who Are Incarcerated: A Systematic Review"
Journal of Perinatology: "Achieving healthy people 2030 breastfeeding targets in the United States: challenges and opportunities"
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