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The Fourth National Conference of State/Territorial/Tribal Breastfeeding Coalitions – Answering the Call: Coalitions Moving Into Action – was held August 4-6, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia. The conference's more than 300 attendees were comprised of leaders from USBC's national member organizations and from every state breastfeeding coalition, as well as several territorial and tribal coalitions. The conference handouts and presentation slides are now posted on the conference website. In addition, session recordings are available for purchase in audio CD, mp3, or video (PowerPoint synchronized with audio) format. Visit the conference website to download an order form.
The "Everyone Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier": 20 Action in 20 Days campaign launched August 6. Each weekday from August 6-31 the campaign focuses on one of the action steps set forth by the Surgeon General’s Call to Action, inviting everyone to engage in conversations on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about how, in the words of the Surgeon General, "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier." Read the campaign coverage on Time Healthland: 20 Ways to Make Breast-Feeding Easier.
The USBC participated in the Countdown to Coverage campaign hosted by Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need (RWV). Countdown to Coverage was a seven-day public awareness campaign focused on helping women understand the benefits they stand to gain from the Affordable Care Act. Read the USBC blog post. Also see the RWV Preventive Services Fact Sheet.
The 2012-2013 USBC Board of Directors was installed at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on August 4, 2012. Please join us in welcoming the newly elected Board members:
- Chair Elect: Kathleen Marinelli
- Secretary: Emily Taylor (elected to a second term)
- Director: Elizabeth Brooks
Please join us in welcoming two new additions to the USBC team:
- Amelia Psmythe, Deputy Director: Amelia comes to the USBC from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon, where she led efforts to implement Oregon's landmark Rest Breaks for Breast Milk Expression law and coordinated a statewide hospital maternity care practice improvement project, while maintaining the BCO website and serving as spokesperson for the coalition . Amelia has also been a member of the Milk Expression Advisory Committee for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry, chaired the USBC Nursing Breaks Law Task Force, and served as the West Coalitions Regional Representative.
- Kinkini Banerjee, Coalitions Relations Manager: Kinkini comes to the USBC with more than 20 years of experience working closely with community organizations, social services agencies, public health, and academic partners to conduct needs assessments, develop strategic plans, and promote policies, practices, and collaborative efforts in the areas of maternal and child health, reproductive justice, and violence prevention. She leverages this experience to assist organizations to build meaningful, sustainable networks across disciplines and strengthen capacity to advance health equity and rights of women and children. She has been assisting non-profits to develop comprehensive communication platforms and build e-advocacy capacity to better connect with the people they serve, adapt to changing realities, and spark action. Kinkini works with organization leaders to increase transparency and accountability, broaden outreach, document successes through stories, and share best practices.
From Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
The Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association received a grant to help eliminate breastfeeding disparities in African American families. Read the press release.
From Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs: New Publication
Forging a Comprehensive Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality is available for free download on the AMCHP website. This compendium presents a series of policy and programmatic options state agencies and their partners can use to accelerate progress in improving birth outcomes, reducing prematurity and infant mortality and narrowing glaring health disparities.
From Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: New Protocol
ABM has published its latest protocol, Clinical Protocol 25: Recommendations for Preprocedural Fasting for the Breastfed Infant: "NPO" Guidelines.
From U.S. Lactation Consultant Association: "Latch on NYC" campaign
USLCA has published a press release in support of Mayor Bloomberg’s "Latch On NYC" campaign.
From Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: The Birth Survey
The Birth Survey is structured around the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) evidence-based 10 Steps to Mother-Friendly Care and other quality of care indicators. The purpose is to provide women with a venue to give feedback about their birth experiences with specific doctors, midwives, hospitals and birth centers, and to make this feedback available as searchable reports.
From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women's Preventive Services rules
Women now have access to eight new prevention-related health services without cost sharing. These new rules take effect at the next renewal date – on or after Aug. 1, 2012 — for most health insurance plans. Use the resources below to learn more about prevention. Read the news release.
- Visit updated Prevention & Wellness page on HealthCare.gov
- See the full list of 22 covered preventive services for women
- Blog by Secretary Sebelius: "Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care"
From CDC: 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card; Grantee Guidance
- The CDC released the annual Breastfeeding Report Card on August 1, revealing that breastfeeding rates continue to rise, and hospital support for breastfeeding has improved.
- CDC has prepared the guidance document Anti-Lobbying Restrictions for CDC Grantees, which provides additional clarity for grantees on new anti-lobbying provisions Congress added to the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
From Coalition for Health Funding: Grassroots Toolkit
The Coalition for Health Funding has released a Grassroots Toolkit for individuals working to protect core services and stop sequestration.
From American Medical Association: Breastfeeding Resolution
The AAP Section on Breastfeeding proposed AMA resolutions were submitted and adopted by the AMA House of Delegates. Scroll to pages 14-16 to view breastfeeding resolutions.
From Childbirth Connection and National Partnership for Women and Families: Guidelines for States on Maternity Care In the Essential Health Benefits Package
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets, including qualified health plans sold through health insurance exchanges, provide at least the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package. These guidelines are intended to help states in selecting an EHB package to ensure the coverage will provide sufficient quality maternity care.
From Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere: Summit Presentations
PowerPoint presentations from the 2012 Breastfeeding Summit are now available online for download. To access the page, type in the following password: MommysMilk. View the video presented by Dr. Bronner.
From National Partnership for Women and Families: Summit Coverage
See coverage of the 2012 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave. USBC Executive Director Megan Renner attended the Summit and corresponding Day of Action.
From World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: Healthy Document Website
WABA is updating the information on the Healthy Documents Website, a compilation of resolutions, declarations and charters on health made at international meetings and also related UN instruments, such as international covenants, treaties, programmes and platforms of action which support these declarations and which are ratified by various governments. The site now also includes People's Declarations/Statements.
From Aetna: IBCLC Network
The Aetna network of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) is expanding. Certain services offered by lactation consultants will be available to eligible Aetna members at no member cost beginning August 1, 2012. To join Aetna's network, IBCLCs must go through the credentialing process and execute a contract. On the Aetna home page, select "Health Care Professionals" from the menu at the top of the page and then "Join the Network."
From University of Albany School of Public Health: Breastfeeding Grand Rounds Video
See the video of Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2012 on "Paid Family Leave: Essential for Successful Breastfeeding" and "Coalition Building 101", with featured speakers Gerald Calnen, MD, Tina Cardarelli, IBCLC, and Ruth Lawrence, MD.
From Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force: New Legislation
The Illinois General Assembly has passed HB4968 Hospital Infant Feeding Act into law. The Act provides that every hospital that provides birthing services must adopt an infant feeding policy that promotes breastfeeding and routinely communicate the infant feeding policy to staff. The law will be effective January 1, 2013.
From Oklahoma State Department of Health: Hospitals Encourage Breastfeeding by Not Giving Formula Bags
Twenty-three Oklahoma hospitals are participating in a pilot program called "Ban the Bag" and have agreed to stop the practice of sending new mothers home with commercial formula discharge bags. Read the press release.
From NashVitality: "Give Me Five" hospital initiative
Congratulations to Baptist Hospital, Centennial Medical Center, Nashville General Hospital, and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for their successful completion of the NashVitality "Give Me Five" initiative. By becoming a "Give Me Five" Hospital they have demonstrated a level of commitment to quality improvement and are leading the way to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goals for breastfeeding in Tennessee.
Items of Interest
From the Stanford Social Innovation Review: Articles
- Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: a four-part blog series sharing the experience of working with a cohort of six backbone organizations in Cincinnati to help funders and practitioners understand what it takes to be a backbone and what the value of this necessary, though often behind the scenes, role is in collective impact.
- "Local Forces for Good": The authors of the influential book Forces for Good examine how their framework for creating high-impact nonprofits applies to local and smaller organizations.
From Think Progress: Mapping Paid Maternity Leave
View and share the graphic from the blog post: "How The Zero Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally." Think Progress is the blog of the nonpartisan Center for American Progress Action Fund.
From Research in Nursing and Health: Healthcare providers' perceptions of breastfeeding peer counselors in the neonatal intensive care unit
This qualitative descriptive study examined the perceptions of 17 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) healthcare providers (nurses, neonatologists, lactation consultants, and dietitians) about the role of breastfeeding peer counselors who were mothers of former NICU infants and who provided primary lactation care in the NICU. View the abstract on PubMed.
TIME Healthland: What Mitt Romney Has to Do with Breast-Feeding and Infant Formula
Our Bodies Ourselves: Mayor Bloomberg and the Debate (and Truth) over Breastfeeding and Formula
Lactation Matters: Just When You Didn’t Plan Anything for World Breastfeeding Week…
Mothering.com: 2012: Breastfeeding Awareness Year