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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Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month 2022
National Breastfeeding Month begins in a few days! 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:
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Webinar on Community Capacity to Support Breast/Chestfeeding
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is hosting a webinar titled "Building Community Workforce Capacity to Equitably Support Chest/Breastfeeding," on Tuesday, September 13, at 1 p.m. ET. This is the fifth webinar of the 8-part "Every Step of the Way through the 1,000 Days" series, and it will focus on Recommendation 5 of the Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: A Blueprint for Communities. Speakers will discuss increasing the lactation workforce by providing lactation-specific training to all individuals who serve families.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Advanced in House Committee
The House Education and Labor Committee approved the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 8450). The bill would reauthorize the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as well as several other child nutrition programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), school meals, and summer feeding programs, which have not been reauthorized since 2010. The bill would increase authorized funding levels for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program from $90M to $180M.
Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge Winners Announced
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the winners of Phase 1 of the HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge. A group of 25 organizations will move on to the next phase. These organizations include Nurse-Family Partnership in Denver, Colorado, where more than 85% of participants in the program initiated breastfeeding, and The Children's Home Society of New Jersey, which utilized a combination of strategies to provide care to postpartum women, resulting in 93% of participants initiating breastfeeding.
FORMULA Act Signed Into Law
The Fixing Our Regulatory Mayhem Upsetting Little Americans (FORMULA) Act (H.R. 8351) has been signed into law. The bill suspends duties and other restrictions on the importation of infant formula for 90 days. Read the press release.
Webinar on Centering Community Partners in Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality is hosting a webinar titled "Centering Community Voices: Solutions to Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Using a Quality Improvement Framework" on Wednesday, August 24, at 2 p.m. ET. This webinar will discuss how the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) programmatic and evaluation pursuits shifted to center community voices within participatory quality improvement (QI). Community partners will share their experiences leading and implementing QI activities. Speakers will also discuss implications for maternal-child health projects and community-based research.
Policy Summit on Infant Health
The National Coalition for Infant Health is hosting an "Infant Health Policy Summit" on Wednesday, August 31, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, in Washington, D.C. Policymakers, advocates, and clinicians will discuss issues impacting infants and their families, including donor human milk quality and safety, formula and product shortages, and more. Registration is free.
Report on Federal Home Visiting Program Recruitment of Families
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation (OPRE) published a report titled "Family Level Assessment and State of Home Visiting Outreach and Recruitment Study Report." The report presents the results of the Family Level Assessment and State of Home Visiting (FLASH-V) outreach and recruitment study. The study used qualitative and quantitative methods to examine how Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)-funded programs recruit families and to understand their challenges and accomplishments related to capacity. OPRE is hosting a webinar on Thursday, August 4, at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the report and its findings.
State & Community News
Working Meeting for Lactation Supporters in Michigan
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network is hosting the Skilled Lactation Supporter Representation and Compensation Meeting on October 11, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. ET. This is a working meeting among lactation consultants and supporters across Michigan who are both clinically skilled and community rooted. Participants will work toward diversifying and equitability compensating the field of lactation supporters by establishing a shared understanding of the current landscape and developing an advocacy strategy to change policy and practice. Clinically skilled, community rooted lactation care providers are those who directly serve families and are committed to advancing practice through an explicitly anti-racist lens.
Workplace Lactation Support Resource from Mississippi WINS
The Mississippi Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS) program launched the Workplace Breastfeeding Support webpage. The webpage includes resources developed through the Mississippi WINS (Workplaces Improving Nursing Support) initiative to support Mississippi businesses with implementing lactation policies and support.
News & Views
The Sylva Herald: "Breastfeeding holds a wide array of benefits for both infants and mothers"
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