Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 26, 2013

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Member News

Request for Feedback, from AWHONN

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has developed an introductory set of nursing care quality measures (NCQ Measures). These draft measures are being shared prior to validity and reliability testing in an effort to stimulate and promote the further development, refinement, and utilization of women's health and perinatal nursing care quality measurement. AWHONN is requesting feedback on 12 draft Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality (NCQ) Measures, including: Skin-to-Skin is Initiated Immediately Following Birth, Duration of Uninterrupted Skin-to-Skin Contact, No Supplementation of Breastfeeding Newborns without Medical Indication, and Ensuring Human Milk as the Primary Diet of Premature Infants in the NICU. The deadline to submit comments has been extended to August 1, 2013.

Fifth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, from ABM

On June 19-20, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) convened the Fifth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, focused on improving breastfeeding rates in the United States. See highlights from the summit gathered by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Parent Advocate Story, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) June 2013 newsletter, a mother of two shares the story of what led her to join the Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative as a Parent Chair. 

WIC Program at Risk, from NWA

The 2014 agriculture appropriations bill being considered by a House subcommittee would underfund the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The bill could result in the denial of WIC benefits and services to thousands of eligible women and children at nutritional risk and would end funding for the WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program. The National WIC Association has created an easy action tool to let your Senators and Representative know that you support the WIC program. 

News Clippings

Breastfeeding Medicine journal: "Delaying the Bath and In-Hospital Breastfeeding Rates"

The Guardian UK/The Observer: "Breastfeeding figures fall as NHS budget is cut"

Babycenter blog: "If hospitals don't teach breastfeeding basics, who will?"

Examiner.com: "Kim Kardashian loves breastfeeding"


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