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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USBC National Breastfeeding Month Fundraiser
The USBC just launched a fundraising campaign in honor of NBM. We're aiming for 500 contributions by August 31. While that may not sound like too many people considering the size of our membership, it's an ambitious goal for us during National Breastfeeding Month! Because you are committed to this work, please make a donation to the USBC for our summer fundraiser on behalf of NBM!
We rely on donations to support our advocacy efforts. Our grants cannot cover these activities.
You know how hard we have been working on PUMP Act Senate passage, for months. In addition to PUMP, we have been tracking and analyzing federal funding that impacts infant feeding, and preparing for National Breastfeeding Month. Our NBM theme of "Together we do great things" applies to the power of our collective action in all aspects of our work. As we work toward our goal of 500 donations, we hope that at least 200 people will decide to become monthly sustaining donors (at any donation level). But, we are thrilled with any gift, recurring or one-time. Please take a moment to give today and get us off to a good start!
National Breastfeeding Shirts Available Through August
It's not too late to support National Breastfeeding Month and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee by purchasing an official NBM t-shirt from our Bonfire shop! There are a variety of colors and styles available, including kids' sizes. About $5 of each sale supports USBC efforts to advance our mission of thriving families and communities.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month 2022
National Breastfeeding Month has begun! We invite all member organizations, breastfeeding coalitions, partner organizations, and individuals to participate in online action and conversation about the policy and practice changes needed to build a landscape of support for babies and families. Please share your organization's plans so we can amplify your work in the Weekly Wire and on social media. Highlights from the field include:
Breastfeeding Month Proclamations
The above unbranded graphics, plus more, are available for download on the USBC NBM webpage.
'Cost of Not Breastfeeding' Tool Updated
Alive & Thrive and Nutrition International announced a comprehensive update to the "Cost of Not Breastfeeding" tool. The tool uses open-access data to estimate the health and economic costs of not protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in more than 170 countries. Individuals and organizations can use the tool to calculate results for different scenarios or targets and determine the economic, health, and human capital impacts of investing in policies to support and promote breastfeeding. Additional resources from Alive & Thrive include:
Workplace Protections Flyer Available in Spanish
The Department of Labor Women's Bureau and Wage and Hour Division published a Spanish version of the "Madres Que Están Lactancia Maternal Protecciones Laborales/Nursing Mothers Workplace Protections" flyer. The flyer includes information about the right to take breaks to pump at work. The English version is available here.
Update on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations and Infant Feeding
The Senate Appropriations Committee released the twelve Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Appropriations bills. The nearly $1.7 trillion FY23 appropriations package includes $653 billion in non-defense discretionary spending, a 10.1 percent increase over FY22; $850 billion in defense discretionary spending, an 8.7 percent increase over FY22 and consistent with the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House; and $118.7 billion for VA medical care, a 22 percent increase over FY22. The package also includes $21 billion in emergency supplemental funding to provide the necessary resources to prepare for the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and to address other emerging diseases that pose a significant threat to public health. The explanatory statement for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill includes $9.93M for the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, a $180k increase from the House bill. A detailed analysis of the Senate appropriations bills as they relate to infant feeding will be released in the coming weeks.
Report on Impact of Underfunding Public Health
Trust for America's Health released a report titled "The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2022." The publication tracks federal, state, and local investment in public health. It also highlights how underinvestment in public health programs and agencies negatively impacted COVID-19 response and continues to exacerbate health inequities.
USBC Insight: Each year, funding is allocated to a variety of federally funded programs that include breastfeeding support through the federal appropriations process. Appropriations for breastfeeding have helped build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. Take action in support of increasing federal funding for breastfeeding:
Best Practice Guide on Maternal Telehealth Programs
The Health Resources & Services Administration released a guide for providers on telehealth for maternal health services. The publication highlights the needs and procedures for a successful maternal telehealth program, including assessing if telehealth is the right fit for a program, how to prepare patients and providers, and information about billing for maternal telehealth.
Infographics on Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation published a series of infographics titled "The Uneven Burden of Maternal Mortality in the U.S." The publication highlights the new and existing challenges to providing effective reproductive health care, including access to lactation support, that will reduce racial disparities in maternal mortality. It also illustrates potential strategies to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity nationwide.
News & Views
MMBNE blog post: "MaineCare coverage of donor milk is the law in Maine"
News in Health (NIH blog): "The Biology of Breast Milk: Getting a Good Start on Nutrition"
NICHQ blog post: "Breastfeeding Takes a Village and, Too Often, Black Women Don't Have One"
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