Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 8, 2015

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USBC Updates

NPHW Breastfeeding Twitter Chat

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is April 6-12, bringing together communities across the United States to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. On Thursday, April 9, from 2-3 p.m. ET, the USBC will host a #NPHW Twitter chat with partners National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Join us at hashtag #PHBF to share and dialogue about the latest public health breastfeeding initiatives and partnerships!

Federal News

CACFP Comment Opportunity, from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting comments (deadline 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 15) on proposed rule changes to the nutrition standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), that include expanded breastfeeding provisions. The proposed changes would incentivize and encourage breastfeeding by allowing reimbursement to the child care facility when the mother directly breastfeeds her child at the site. (Meals containing breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula are already eligible for reimbursement.) The following suggested talking points on the breastfeeding provisions have been compiled from several partners' model comments:

  • All major medical authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding for at least the first year. The new proposed rules are well supported by the evidence, better reflecting this public health imperative and aligning with Action 16 of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.
  • We strongly encourage USDA to maintain the proposed allowance that any child care facility receive reimbursement for meals when a mother directly breastfeeds her child at the child care facility.
  • We encourage the USDA to ensure that this reimbursement is allowable for children at any age; there is no reason to stop at six months.
  • It is important to highlight the best practice of clear communication between mother and child care provider regarding the timing of the last feed, which is key to making direct breastfeeding at the end of the day work for all parties.
  • We encourage USDA to implement these changes with minimum burden to the facility, while emphasizing a mother's right to appropriate accommodation for breastfeeding onsite. It is critical that mothers are not directed to breastfeed in locations that are uncomfortable or unsanitary.

Individuals are also invited to sign onto an action alert from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Loving Support Resource Updates, from USDA/WIC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated three resources in the "Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work" library. Updated versions of Moms Helping Moms: Meet Your WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and WIC's Circle of Care for Breastfeeding Mothers: How Peer Counselors Help can now be found on the WIC Staff page. An updated version of Building Breastfeeding-Friendly Communities can be found on the Community Partners page.

Member News

World Health Day Joint Statement, from LLLI & WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and La Leche League International have released a joint statement in celebration of World Health Day. The statement emphasizes the importance of food safety, highlighting breastfeeding as a safe, clean, nourishing, and protective source of food from birth through a child's early years.

Partner News

Infant Formula Whistle-blower Film, from IBFAN

The International Baby Food Action Network has been featured in the film Tigers, a fact-based drama about former Nestlé formula salesman Syed Aamir Raza, who became a whistle-blower exposing the company's predatory marketing practices and later began working with IBFAN. The film will be shown at the Washington DC International Film Festival on April 20 and 21. 

Purchased Human Milk Study, from Pediatrics

The journal Pediatrics has released a study assessing the DNA of human milk samples anonymously purchased online. The study found a significant portion of the samples contained bovine DNA consistent with human milk mixed with at least 10% fluid cow's milk.

News from the Field

Healthy Workplaces Report, from Prevention Partners

Prevention Partners has published the Profile of Healthy Workplaces: 2015 report, including time series data on healthy workplace practices and describing trends in employer-driven strategies to improve health. Having a written breastfeeding support policy that includes designated space and time for mothers is included as one of five nutrition indicators.

Policy/Environmental Approaches Supplement, from HE&B

Health Education & Behavior has published a supplement issue, "The Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health." The goal of this supplement is to explore the extent to which broadly conceptualized intervention efforts designed to modify the physical, social, political, and economic environments in which people live and make health-related decisions are being effectively implemented to achieve improvements in population health.

Collective Impact Connection

Technology Article, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article entitled "Disruption for Good," discussing how rapid advances in technology can be leveraged to make nonprofits more rational, effective, collaborative, transparent, and democratic. The article provides a framework that looks at the impact of technology on four areas: greater access to information, greater access to networks, lower barriers to entry, and lower barriers to innovation.

News and Views

The Chicago Tribune: "Having more moms breast-feed benefits us all"

NPR's All Things Considered: "Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk"

The Washington Post: "Perez, Jarrett to take paid-leave show on the road starting April 1"

CLASP: "More State and Local Governments Now Offer Paid Family Leave"

CBS Local: "Bills look to regulate sharing of human milk in Michigan"

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