Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 20, 2013

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USBC Updates

Save the Date: 40th Bi-Monthly State Breastfeeding Coalitions Webinar, April 9, 2-3 pm ET

Birth & Beyond Vermont: 10 Steps to Empower Mothers and Nurture Babies

Launched this month, this interactive, comprehensive platform is the training component of Vermont's Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project, to fulfill training objectives for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. This training provides health care professionals with the tools to enhance parent-infant attachment, engender newborn breastfeeding competence, and increase patient satisfaction with no increase in staff workload. Presented by Tricia Cassi, BSS, IBCLC, WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Vermont Department of Health – WIC.

Webinar registration will open next week. To receive webinar notifications, sign up for the Coalitions list at www.usbreastfeeding.org/signup.

Deadline Friday 3/22: Please Share What You Know About Breastfeeding Support in This Important Survey!

The USBC is gathering information to assess the "landscape of breastfeeding support" across the Nation. You are invited to respond to a survey about organizations, programs, and projects that are currently active, and about those that could have a significant impact if engaged, in four areas. Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey and tell us what you know by this Friday, March 22. We are especially seeking additional responses from: Alaska, DC, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming.

On behalf of all of us at the USBC, thank you for helping spread the word about this important survey!


Federal News

Webcast: "Linked by Life: The Case for Collaboration of MCH and Chronic Disease to Improve Infant & Women's Health," from MCHB/HRSA

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau will explore the interplay between chronic disease and maternal and child health work, including a discussion about strategic collaborations and funding opportunities that support linking throughout the life course, in this webcast on Tuesday, April 2 from 3-4 pm EST. 

Member News

Breastfeeding and Obesity Blog Post, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published an explanation of current research demonstrating the impact of breastfeeding on obesity in their blog post "The Breastfeeding and Obesity Controversy."

Study on "Reasons for Earlier than Desired Cessation of Breastfeeding," from AAP/Pediatrics

A study published in the journal Pediatrics examines reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than desired. The authors analyzed data from monthly surveys of 1,177 mothers aged 18 years and older (conducted from pregnancy until their child was one year of age). Sixty percent of those who stopped breastfeeding did so earlier than desired. Reasons included concerns regarding difficulties with lactation; infant nutrition and weight; illness or the need to take medicine; and the effort associated with pumping milk. The study authors conclude that continued professional support may be needed to address these challenges and to help mothers meet their desired breastfeeding duration.

News Clippings

NBC local: "Moms push for lactation rooms at Atlanta's airport"

National Public Radio: "Law Says Insurers Should Pay For Breast Pumps, But Which Ones?"

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