Weekly Wednesday Wire: Late July/Early August 2017

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.

Note: Due to USBC-hosted events taking place in early August, including the USBC Membership Meeting, National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening, and Advocacy Day of Action, this is a consolidated issue of the Weekly Wednesday Wire. The usual schedule will resume next week. 

USBC Updates

National Breastfeeding Month 2017—Connect to the Action, Post Your Events

In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), this year's theme—Charting the Course Together—will focus on how we can use data and measurement to build and reinforce the connections between breastfeeding and a broad spectrum of other health topics and initiatives. Referencing the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) objectives and the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTI) markers, we are lifting up the cross-cutting, collective impact of breastfeeding as a high priority public health issue. As we look ahead to the Healthy People 2030 development process now underway to update our national health objectives, as a field we can "chart the course together" to ensure breastfeeding is incorporated into all relevant areas of the public health agenda. Visit the campaign webpage to learn more, connect to the action, and post your events in the #NBM17 calendar.

July 2017 Call for Interested Committee Member Prospects

The CRASH Committee was formed in 2013 to enhance USBC governance, membership, personnel, and coalitions' ability to build structures, systems, and a culture of inclusiveness and mutual support for all peoples. "CRASH" is a mnemonic for the following essential components of culturally competent health care: consider Culture, show Respect, Assess/Affirm differences, show Sensitivity and Self-awareness, and do it all with Humility. The CRASH Committee Co-Chairs are seeking to appoint three new members, for a term beginning August 2017 and ending August 2020. CRASH Committee members may be from within or outside of the USBC membership. We strive for diversity in the selection of committee members, to balance the voices of members and non-members, as well as of the grassroots (moms/families and local entities), state-level coalitions, and national organizations. To express your interest in serving, please submit the interest form by Wednesday, August 16, via one of these two methods:

Federal News

Updated Breastfeeding Rates and Disparities Report, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated breastfeeding rates based on National Immunization Survey data on Breastfeeding Among U.S. Children Born 2002–2014. The percentage of babies who start out breastfeeding increased from 73% among babies born in 2004 to 83% among babies born in 2014. Babies are also breastfeeding for longer; 55% of U.S. babies born in 2014 were being breastfed at 6 months, up from 42% in 2004. In addition, the CDC has published a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) entitled, "Racial and Geographic Differences in Breastfeeding — United States, 2011–2015." The report describes how breastfeeding rates continue to differ between non-Hispanic (NH) black and white infants within states. Among infants born during 2010–2013, 64.3% of NH black infants started breastfeeding, compared to 81.5% of NH white infants, a gap of 17.2 percentage points. NH black infants also had significantly lower rates than NH white infants of exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months and breastfeeding for 12 months. The data is highlighted on a new resource page entitled, U.S. Breastfeeding Rates Are Up! More Work Is Needed.

Social Media Campaign to Support New Parents, from OWH

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the Office on Women's Health has announced the launch of the #First31 Days of Breastfeeding series, sharing a new tip each day in August to help families get an idea of what the first month of breastfeeding looks like. Follow along using the #First31 hashtag on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Request for Information on Overtime Exemptions, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a Request for Information to seek information from the public regarding the regulations which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. Changes to the number of employees who are considered nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act also impacts the right to workplace accommodations for breastfeeding under the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law. The deadline for comments is Monday, September 25. Background: In May 2016, DOL published a final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. However, in response to a lawsuit, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction suspending the implementation of the final rule prior to its effective date. The Department of Justice on behalf of the Department of Labor filed a notice to appeal the preliminary injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit during the Obama Administration. The current Administration has said in a recent court filing that it wants the right to set that threshold, but will revisit what the number should be. 

Public Meeting Announcement, from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has pubished a notice in the Federal Register of a public meeting of the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC). The meeting will be held Monday, August 21, through Tuesday, August 22. The Task Force is charged with providing advice and guidance to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding Federal activities related to identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge and research regarding safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and lactating women, including the development of such therapies and the collaboration on and coordination of such activities. Register for the meeting.

Breast Pump Cleaning Guide, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a new fact sheet entitled, "How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean: The Essentials." The guide outlines steps individuals should take to keep their breast pump clean. Health care providers may provide additional recommendations for babies who were born prematurely or have other health concerns.

Updated Interim Zika Guidance for Healthcare Providers, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published, "Update: Interim Guidance for Healthcare Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure—United States, June 2017." This updated guidance emphasizes a shared decision-making model for testing and screening pregnant women, one in which patients and providers work together to make decisions about testing and care plans based on a balanced assessment of risks and expected outcomes, clinical judgment, and patient preferences and values. This plan also incorporates state or local area recommendations. 

Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act Introduced, from Senate

U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. The act would make a series of reforms to how the federal prison system treats incarcerated women to reduce the negative impact incarceration has on the family members of women behind bars, especially their children, and better prepare incarcerated women to return to their communities.

Report on Opioid Use in Women, from OWH

The Office on Women's Health has released a new report entitled, "Final Report: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women." The report examines the prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse, have use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids. It also presents findings and takeaways from OWH national and regional opioid meetings held in 2016. The report notes that there is a lack of adequate guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of pregnant and lactating women with chronic pain.

Member News

Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign Launch, from CHI

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the Centering Healthcare Institute has launched the 2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, with the message: "Coming together with like-minded partners for the common goal of sustainable & safe breastfeeding for all families." Join CHI and MomsRising at hashtag #WellnessWed on Wednesday, August 23, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the breastfeeding and racial equity Twitter chat. Individuals and organizations are also invited to join CHI's Breastfeeding Awareness Thunderclap.

New Oversight for Text4baby Program, from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE has announced that Text4baby became a Wellpass service and operational oversight for the Text4baby program transitioned from ZERO TO THREE and Voxiva to Wellpass. Text4baby will continue to offer content that follows evidence based clinical guidelines. Read the press release.

#WellnessWed Twitter Chat Schedule, from MomsRising

Join MomsRising every Wednesday in August from 2-3 p.m. ET for the#WellnessWed Twitter chats. In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the chats will focus on a specific breastfeeding topic each week, with the following schedule:

  • August 16: Breastfeeding and Pumping Rights
  • August 23: Breastfeeding and Racial Equity
  • August 30: Black Breastfeeding Week: Bet On Black!

WBW Twitter Chat and Resources, from 1,000 Days

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and the launch of the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a partnership of 20 international agencies with the goal of increasing investment in breastfeeding worldwide, 1,000 Days released the Inspiration Guide for World Breastfeeding Week and accompanying Dropbox folder full of unbranded content for partners to use. The Inspiration Guide includes key messages, shareable graphics and GIFs, and Facebook profile frames for social media.

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Webinar, from HCOne

Join HealthConnect One on Wednesday, August, 16, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar on the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) assessment report for the United States of America. Webinar participants will learn more about the assessment and lessons learned. WBTi is a global collaborative initiative to assess and monitor ten key breastfeeding policies and programs, drawn from the Global Strategy and the Innocenti Declaration. 

Partner News           

Submit Input on Accreditation Requirements for Labor and Delivery Hospitals, from TJC

The Joint Commission has announced the development of new requirements for the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital accreditation programs. The new elements of performance (EPs) will be added to the Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services (PC) chapter and will only apply to hospitals and critical access hospitals that provide obstetric services, specifically labor and delivery. These requirements are being developed to further promote patient safety and quality of care of the mother and newborn upon arrival and admission to labor and delivery and align with current recommendations from scientific, professional, and governmental organizations. The TJC is seeking input from the field on the proposed new EPs to the (PC) chapter. Comments will be gathered through Wednesday, August 16.

Paid Leave Support Stories Booklet Launch, from Family Values at Work

Family Values at Work has released a booklet of stories from people across the country who at some point needed time to care for a serious personal or family injury or illness. The booklet illustrates the consequences to health, family, and economic security when people have zero weeks of paid leave. It also highlights key facts about the need for and benefits of a social insurance program. Share the booklet on Facebook and Twitter.

Essential Health Benefits and Insurance Premiums Analysis, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a reported entitled, "The Implications of Cutting Essential Health Benefits: An Analysis of Nongroup Insurance Premiums Under the ACA." The report found benefit requirements targeted for cuts account for a small share of premiums—maternity and newborn care account for six percent; habilitative and rehabilitative care, two percent; and pediatric dental and vision care, one percent. Experts note that placing the costs fully on the users of health care can make those services unaffordable for those who need them.

News from the Field

Health Department Case Studies, from Health Equity Guide

Health Equity Guide has published a series of case studies demonstrating how health departments across the country have advanced health equity. The case studies provide inspiring examples of how health departments have concretely implemented the strategic practices to promote health equity both internally within their departments and externally with communities and other government agencies. The case studies describe factors that enabled the work, what health departments did and their impacts, and advice for others wanting to replicate the work.

Review of WIC Food Packages Webinar Recording, from NASEM 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have published the webinar recording from a webinar discussing the report, "Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice." Kathleen Rasmussen and Shannon Whaley, chair and vice chair of the committee that wrote the report, presented highlights and answered questions about its findings and recommendations. Download the webinar slides.

Initiative to Support Cross-Sector Collaboration, from de Beaumont Foundation/Aspen Institute

The de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute's Health, Medicine and Society Program have launched the Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES) Initiative, a multi-year project designed to provide the tools and training public health practitioners need to effectively engage, communicate, and work with local partners, like mayors, housing commissioners, hospital executives, and school superintendents.

Home Visiting Report, from NHVRC

The National Home Visting Resource Center has released the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook. The report compiles critical data on early childhood home visiting, including breastfeeding rates, and presents fact sheets for every state showing how many and what types of families benefit. The report reveals the breadth of home visiting across America but also the gaps, where families in need are going without this vital source of support.

Breastfeeding Accessories Market Analysis, from Grand View Research, Inc

Grand View Research has released a report entitled, "Breastfeeding Accessories Market Analysis By Product (Nipple Care Products, Breast Shells, Breast Pads, Baby Scales, Breastmilk Storage & Feeding, Other Accessories), And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025." According to the report, the market is expected to exhibit lucrative growth during the forecast period, owing to rising consumer awareness about breastfeeding accessories coupled with decreasing infant mortality rates. Read the press release.

Study of Islamic Tradition on African American Breastfeeding Moms, from JHL 

The Journal of Human Lactation has released an article entitled, "Influence of Islamic Traditions on Breastfeeding Beliefs and Practices Among African American Muslims in West Philadelphia: A Mixed-Methods Study." The study sought to gain understanding of breastfeeding attitudes, rates, and education among African American Muslims in West Philadelphia and to examine if engaging Islamic teachings in breastfeeding education can positively influence breastfeeding attitudes. The study found knowledge surrounding Islamic perspectives on breastfeeding was not prevalent. African American Muslims in West Philadelphia view breastfeeding favorably and have higher rates of breastfeeding than African Americans as a whole. Community education about breastfeeding that engaged Islamic teachings improved respondents' breastfeeding attitudes. Read the press release.

State/Community News

New Paid Leave Law, from Washington

Washington has become the fifth state in the country to pass a paid family and medical leave law. The new Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program will provide up to 16 weeks of leave for those wanting to take time off to care for a new infant or care for a family member. Depending on their earnings, employees will receive up to 90 percent of their wage or salary or up to $1,000 per week. The program will be implemented by 2020.

Worksite Lactation Support Virtual Forum, from Texas

Join the Texas Department of State Health Services Maternal and Child Health Unit and the UT Health Science Center School of Public Health on Thursday, August 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a virtual forum entitled, "Worksite Lactation Support Recognition Initiatives Cross-Collaboration." Presenters will discuss lessons learned and emergent themes from their work in assessing workplace recognition initiatives across the US.

Summer Webinar Series, from California WIC Association

Join the California WIC Association for two breastfeeding webinars presented as part of the WIC Works Webinar Series. The "Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Centers: Success in California" webinar on Thursday, August 17, from 12-1 p.m. PT will discuss how implementing the 9 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Clinics benefits patients, health centers, and WIC programs, and how two California Community Health Centers are succeeding with these efforts. The "California Infant Feeding Guide - What is New?" webinar will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 12-1 p.m. PT and will focus on the California Infant Feeding Guide, especially recent updates to the chapter on Lifecycle: Normal Infant Feeding (0-12 months).

Collective Impact Connection

Community Engagement Series, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released the first in a series of papers designed to explore new ideas in the core areas of community change, entitled "The Context Experts." The paper discusses how to increase the authenticity of community engagement and eradicate tokenistic community engagement through the meaningful involvement of context experts. It includes three real-life stories of authentic engagement, and features six lessons to consider when designing community engagement processes. The series will culminate at the Community Change Institute.

News & Views

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